Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the number of staff in Jobcentre Plus who have been dismissed in the last 12 months due to their attendance record. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The latest available information is that 497 people were dismissed due to unsatisfactory attendance between October 2006 and September 2007.
The attendance management procedures operated by Jobcentre Plus are within the framework set in the Department for Work and Pensions attendance management policy.
I hope this is helpful.