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Jobcentre Plus Premises

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the (a) number, (b) location and (c) size of Jobcentre Plus premises due to be disposed of; and what (i) costs and (ii) savings he expects from the disposal over the life of the disposal contract; [141198]

Mr. Browne: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, David Anderson. He will write to my hon. Friend.

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Letter from David Anderson to Mr. Jim Cousins, dated 15 December 2003:

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RegionDistrictAddressMetres(27)Total saving per annum (£)
East of EnglandHertfordHitchin Crown House17522,581
East of EnglandSuffolkSudbury PCO The Old bakery King St8157,205
East of EnglandSuffolkBury St Edmonds The Cornhill647171,007
East of EnglandSuffolkIpswich Jobshop Museum Street8612,892
East MidlandsGreater NottinghamCarlton Rd Jobshop7440
East MidlandsLeicestershireLeicester 90 Highcross Street85127,079
LondonBrentBurnt Oak 93–95 Burnt Oak Broadway32562,968
LondonBrentCricklewood Broadway1634356,217
LondonCentral LondonHolbom JC Celco House 289/293 High Holborn503116,344
LondonNE LondonStoke Newington919311,036
LondonNE LondonLeyton Grosvenor Park72364,617
North EastNewcastleRoxborough House Whitley Bay PCO7636,564
North WestEast LancsBarnoldswick PCO6226,775
North WestSalford & TraffWashington House Salford20441,228
ScotlandDumfriesAnnan High Street1076,470
ScotlandFifeSt Andrews CSP 43 South Street8844,586
ScotlandLanarkshireLarkhall 27 Union Street11815,485
South EastHampshireHavant 33 East Street790125,703
South EastHampshireRomsey 3–4 Duke Mill Centre11821,264
South EastHampshireEastlight 42/50 High Street25032,138
South WestCornwallIsles of Scilly Caller Off Buzza St4114,980
South WestDevonBarnstable 4 Maxham Court906,155
South WestDorsetBournemouth Garage 9143,284
South WestGloucestershireColeford JC Lords Hill1347,401
South WestSomersetFrome North Parade PCO26456,746
South WestSomersetStreet The Cross42323,369
South WestWest of EngBristol Hartcliff Symes Avenue565,493
WalesNth West WalesPwllheli Penlan Street2624,555
WalesNth West WalesSwansea Ystradgnynlais PCO4116,373
WalesSwansea BayPontardawe 25 High Street PCO1711,028
WalesWest WalesNeyland 36 High Street302,679
WalesWrexham & NWMold St Davids Lane652,401
WalesWrexham & NWLlandudno Chapel Street531,988
WalesWrexham & NWBrecon Canal Bank803,944
WalesWrexham & NWDenbigh PCO6130,776
WalesWrexham & NWShotton PCO7625,804
WalesWrexham & NWHolywell PCO6331,283
WalesWrexham & NWLlangollen PCO156,831
West MidlandsCoventryKenilworth 7 Abbey Court13523,763
West MidlandsCoventryCoventry Park Court1455188,343
West MidlandsShropshireLudlow Jobcentre1688,920
Yorkshire & the HumberSheffieldSheffield Rockingham Court2221480,470
Yorkshire & the HumberSheffieldSheffield Peel House 1 West Bar1461245,442
North WestLiverpool58 Brackfield Road South, Liverpool 62559486,725
North WestLancashire WestMaxford House Blackpool32711,041,420
North EastTees ValleyTees Building3142561,777
West MidlandsBirmingham & Solihull2140 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3JQ3041684,273
East of EnglandNorfolkBaltic House, Mountergate, Norwich3045701,037

Strategic, high-level planning has been undertaken for the remaining two years of the programme, 2004–2006, but I am not yet able to provide firm details of premises disposals or surrenders due for that period. Similarly, information on costs and savings from future disposals is unavailable.
We have not carried out an external benchmarking exercise on the disposal of Jobcentre Plus premises. Because of the diversity of the districts, service delivery planning for Jobcentre Plus is a locally-driven activity. In undertaking such exercises local managers have to take account of a wide range of factors relevant to the local community before any changes are made to the premises available to them.
I hope this is helpful.

Jobseeker's Allowance Appeals

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to centralise (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) labour market appeals; and what the implications of the plans are for (i) appellants and (ii) staff. [142983]

Mr. Browne: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, David Anderson. He will write to the hon. Member.

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Letter from David Anderson to Dr. Jones, dated 17 December 2003:

Pension Credit

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of pensioners who are not receiving pension credit but are receiving housing benefit and council tax benefit. [144701]

Mr. Pond: Our latest estimate for the number of pensioner households who are not receiving Pension Credit but are receiving Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Benefit is around £900,000.

Households claiming Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than one benefit household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for West Derbyshire (Mr. McLoughlin) of 9 December 2003, Official Report, columns 416–17W, on Pension Credit, how many pensioner households in each Government Office region he estimates are eligible for Pension Credit. [144702]

Malcolm Wicks: The number of pensioner households eligible for Pension Credit at the end of November 2003 by region is set out in the following table.

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Government office regionEstimated number of households eligible for Pension Credit
North East250,000
North West and Merseyside500,000
Yorkshire and Humber350,000
East Midlands300,000
West Midlands350,000
South East350,000
South West300,000
Total (GB)3,800,000


1. Estimates are done on a benefit unit basis (single pensioner or pensioner couple).

2. Figures do not include care home cases.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 50,000.


Policy simulation model 2003–04, based on data from the Family Resources Survey 2000–01.

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