Jobcentre Closures

Part of Committees – in the House of Commons at 9:46 pm on 5th February 2018.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland) 9:46 pm, 5th February 2018

I thank my hon. Friend for that important contribution, which leads back to the point I was making about the geographical issues that people face, particularly in the north and east of Glasgow. There are structural issues. The hon. Member for Glasgow East made the point that gangland issues are a deterrent for people who want to move around. There are structural issues with public transport, and there is also the general fragmentation of the built environment in that part of the city. None of that has been taken into consideration in the assessment process, and I urge the Minister to apply a reasonable approach to that issue when considering the mitigation of these jobcentre closures.