Jobseekers (Nairn)

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in the Nairn Jobcentre area are (a) in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and (b) required to sign on in person.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Work), Department for Work and Pensions

As at December 2004 there were 174 jobseekers allowance claims in Nairn Jobcentre Plus Office including clerically held cases. There is one postal case, all others are required to attend in person.

However, it should be noted that in the period from 29 November 2004 to 8 April 2005, Nairn is piloting alternative methods to the current Fortnightly Jobsearch Review. Customers' participation in the pilot is voluntary and, for the 20 or so involved at any one time, less frequent attendance in person is allowed.

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