Magazine article Public Finance

'New Jobcentres Not Needed', Says Chief Executive

Magazine article Public Finance

'New Jobcentres Not Needed', Says Chief Executive

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The head of Jobcentre Plus has rejected suggestions that the rising demand created by the recession means that more jobcentres are needed.

'I think it's not just about the issue of whether we open another office - it's about how we reach the customers who most need our services,' acting chief executive MeI Groves told MPs at the work and pensions select committee on March 11.

He denied that the findings of an internal review of the service's estate, due to report in April, would lead to the creation of more centres. 'It's probably unlikely at this stage' he said.

The Jobcentre Plus closure programme has resulted in the loss of 503 jobcentres since it was launched in 2005, with a further three to close this year.

In November, employment minister Tony McNulty announced that the government would review the closure programme in the light of rising unemployment.

Groves said that the current 'service delivery model', involving greater access through the website and telephone, meant there was less reliance on the network of offices. …

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