Backbench Business

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:06 pm on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham 3:06 pm, 16th March 2017

I am listening with great interest to the case that my hon. Friend is making. One of the puzzling things about the closure programme is that the Government also want to increase the workload of jobcentres and want some people to go more frequently. They also want to introduce conditionality for people who are in work. It is difficult to see how those additional tasks can be managed at the same time as shutting down so many jobcentres.