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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentres there were in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in England in each year since 1997. [264573]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not available. Jobcentres are not categorised as constituting part of an urban conurbation or being sited within a rural location.

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of reopening Jobcentre Plus branches in market towns more than 15 miles from the nearest branch. [267585]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. and learned Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

Jobcentre Plus: Closures

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices (a) have closed in the last 12 months and (b) are scheduled for closure; what the reason for closure is in each case; and if he will make a statement. [266592]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

Jobcentre Plus: Compensation

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many compensation payments, and of what total value, were paid to Jobcentre Plus customers in the form of (a) payments to restore customers to their original financial position and (b) consolatory payments (i) in each year from 2002 to 2009 and (ii) in each of the last 24 months, broken down by (A) region and (B) Jobcentre Plus district. [264271]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves to Justine Greening

Payments to restore customers to their original financial position

Number of payments authorised Net amount authorised (£)

2003-04

1,126

258,937.03

2004-05

2,193

220,033.04

2005-06

1,801

206,512.10

2006-07

1,679

235,189.33

2007-08

1,007

145,177.60

2008-09 (to February 2009)

1,339

173,197.32


Special Payments (consolatory payments)

Number of payments authorised Net amount authorised (£)

2002-03

932

90,315.67

2003-04

998

96,360.43

2004-05

1,298

125,654.88

2005-06

1,265

108,520.49

2006-07

1,389

113,316.75

2007-08

2,247

155,222.73

2008-09 (to February 2009)

932

90,315.67

Source:
Returns from Regional Jobcentre Plus special payments teams.

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Jobcentre Plus: Cumbria

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered unemployed people in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency Jobcentre Plus has assisted in finding work in each of the last five years. [263797]

Mr. McNulty: The information is not available.

Jobcentre Plus: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of sickness absence attributable to work-related stress among staff in jobcentres in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the latest period for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such levels of absence on the delivery of jobcentre services. [265805]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:


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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal advisers were employed in job centres in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last five years. [265808]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

Number of personal advisers in Jobcentres in Hemel Hempstead and Hertfordshire (full time equivalents)
Years Hemel Hempstead Jobcentre All Jobcentres in Hertfordshire including Hemel Hempstead

2004-05

5.50

29.72

2005-06

9.51

88.27

2006-07

12.23

82.16

2007-08

11.68

82.65

2008-09

17.07

102.67

Source:
Jobcentre Plus Activity Based Management System

Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal advisers working in Jobcentre Plus are graded at (a) executive officer and (b) higher executive officer level; and what the pay scales for each of those grades is. [262004]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:


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Pay scales for personal advisers
£

National Inner London Outer London Specified locations

Minimum

19,650

23,240

21,910

21,620

Maximum

23,990

27,850

26,680

26,210


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