Jobcentre Plus: Moray

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has provided any additional resources to Jobcentre Plus offices in Moray constituency since the announcement of the proposed closure of RAF Kinloss.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Darra Singh:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking whether his Department has provided any additional resources to Jobcentre Plus offices in Moray constituency since the announcement of the proposed closure of RAF Kinloss. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

No additional resources have been allocated to Jobcentre Plus offices in Moray; however, this will be kept under review. Jobcentre Plus is an active member in the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) partnership, which is represented on the Moray Taskforce. PACE, a Scottish Government initiative, is a framework for a consistent and co-ordinated public sector response to dealing with companies in difficulty, including redundancy. The key aim of PACE is to help people who have been made redundant into alternative employment or training, as quickly as possible. Jobcentre Plus' contribution includes:

In depth support and help with job searches and CV production;

Skills and training analysis;

Re-training where appropriate to meet needs of local labour market; and

Guidance on claiming working age benefits.

Jobcentre Plus is also a member of the Moray Taskforce Operational Delivery Group. This group combines private and public sector leadership, with representatives from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Moray Council, the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland, along with leaders of local businesses.

Jobcentre Plus has been in regular contact with the Ministry of Defence since the announcement of the closure of some bases and discussions will continue to offer what support we can to those personnel affected by the closures.

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