To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of regional corporate hubs or shared premises as part of the planned changes to jobcentres.
The Department believes that the mix of locations and buildings chosen will give us the best opportunity to deliver our Corporate Centre strategy whilst future-proofing our Corporate Centre estate.
The planned Corporate Centre hubs give us an opportunity to provide the right workspace, whilst ensuring that we minimise under-used space and that colleagues aren’t spread across numerous locations. Hubs will be designed to encourage more effective collaborative working between wider teams, along with other work space benefits i.e. areas for small informal meetings, quiet working and group working.
In terms of co-location and sharing premises, we have worked with DWP operational colleagues and Local Authority leaders to identify and progress Jobcentre co-location opportunities which benefit both the taxpayer and customers