Jobcentres: Glasgow

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the closure of Parkhead Jobcentre on levels of poverty in that area.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

There are no plans to assess poverty levels in connection with closures of individual sites such as Easterhouse and Parkhead Jobcentres.

I would stress again that the office mergers are not about reducing services, but about taking the opportunity to stop spending money on empty space so we can spend more on supporting those in need. The face-to-face support our work coaches offer at jobcentres will continue to be a core part of the service we deliver.

National statistics on the number of individuals in relative low income are set out in DWP’s annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. Latest 3-year estimates for Scotland in 2013/14 - 2015/16 show the rate of individuals in low income households at 15% Before Housing Costs. The number and proportion of individuals in relative low income is not available at a local authority or constituency level because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography. Estimates to 2016/17 have been pre-announced to be published in March 2018.

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