Southall Jobcentre

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3343
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given the Mayor's considerable involvement in the devolution of the Health & Work programme, alongside the considerable programmes supporting Londoners into jobs, does he feel that the DWP's decision to close Southall JCP, along with a number of other JCPs in London, is a retrograde step, particularly considering that the JCP in Southall serves a community disproportionately impacted by low employment, underemployment and low pay?

Answer

Answer for Southall Jobcentre

Answer for Southall Jobcentre

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I do feel that DWP's decision to close several JCP sites across London a retrograde step.  In March 2017, I wrote to Damien Hinds in his capacity as Minister of State for Employment to express my concerns about the planned closures.   I consider that JCP closures will disproportionally affect the most vulnerable Londoners who will potentially be forced to travel further and incur additional travel costs in order to access JCP services.

The Minister responded to my letter, stating changes including the relocation and closure of JCP sites are necessary in order to deliver best value for the tax payer and he assured me that all efforts have been made to maintain JCP services and to minimise the impact on JCP service users' travel.