Jobcentre Closures

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th December 2017.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Labour, Weaver Vale 12:00 am, 6th December 2017

What assessment he has made of the effect of proposed jobcentre closures on local communities in Scotland.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

We continue to provide excellent support to those seeking work, or who cannot work, through a network of offices which are modern, accessible and meet future requirements. Most jobcentres are staying put. We are merging some neighbourhood offices to create bigger, multi-skilled teams and moving to better buildings, all of which will lead to better customer service.

Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Labour, Weaver Vale

Unemployment in Glasgow has been consistently higher than the national average, child poverty is rising and the use of food banks has increased by 20% in the past two years, so how can the Secretary of State justify closing so many jobcentres, which provide vital support for people to enter the labour market?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I set out in my original answer that this was a system to provide better services, and the hon. Gentleman should know that there was a full review of the proposed closures in Glasgow and that the proposal was changed in response to a public consultation.

I would not be doing my duty as Secretary of State for Scotland if I could not in my final words wish Paisley every success in the city of culture competition.