Rapid Response Service

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd February 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the take-up of the Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response services by employers contemplating redundancies.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Employment and Welfare Reform; Minister for London), Department for Work and Pensions

Jobcentre Plus offer support to employers when they receive formal notification of 20, or more, potential redundancies from Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform or when they are made aware through other means. Since the announcement of the expansion of the Rapid Response Service in November 2008, over 650 employers have accepted the offer of support.

The Rapid Response Service is a voluntary service. Employers are free to take it up or make their own arrangements to help their redundant staff.

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