To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will allocate additional resources to Birkenhead Jobcentre Plus to support House of Fraser employees whose jobs will be lost as a result of that company's decision to close its store in Birkenhead.
DWP offer a Rapid Response Service (RRS). This is a redundancy service designed to give support and advice to employers and their employees when under threat of redundancy. It is co-ordinated nationally by the National Employer and Partnership Team (NEPT) and is managed by Jobcentre Plus. Each Jobcentre Plus district deploy resources according to the situation and the requirements of the workforce. This service is available to be deployed in Birkenhead should a mandatory consultation period end, and a decision is made by House of Fraser about the support it requires from Jobcentre Plus. The RRS is delivered in partnership with a range of national and local partners, including National Careers Service and local service providers.
The range of support available from Jobcentre Plus and partners may include:
how to apply for them.
certification that will improve employability.
self-employment such as child care costs, necessary tools, work clothes, travel
to take benefit claims.