Jobcentres: Closures

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants accessing jobcentre services are (a) long-term unemployed, (b) identified as having additional support needs and (c) identified as having additional employment skills or training needs; what steps his Department has taken to review the needs of long-term unemployed and other claimants with identified needs; and what additional support his Department plans to provide to such claimants as a result of planned jobcentre closures.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

As of February 2017, there were 6.8 million working age benefit claimants, of whom 480,000 were on Jobseekers Allowance. 150,000 had been claiming JSA for over 12 months.

A further 280,000 people were in the Universal Credit ‘Searching for Work’ group. Information on the duration of Universal Credit claims by conditionality group is not currently available. This also means that it not possible to calculate the overall proportion of claimants who are long-term unemployed.

Published information is not available on (b) and (c).

We will be maintaining services to claimants and will continue to support them with changes in Jobcentre location, taking into account their individual circumstances, including any health conditions, disabilities or caring responsibilities.

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