Our June 2016 memorandum was prepared to inform the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into the future of Jobcentre Plus (JCP). As part of its inquiry, the Committee was considering the likely effects of planned welfare policy changes on JCP footfall and the configuration of JCP offices. Our memorandum described the current JCP estate and summarised some of the trends in unemployment benefit caseloads in recent years.
In October 2017 we published the ‘Jobcentre journey time interactive data model’, which provides an overview of planned changes to the jobcentre estate and the estimated impact these changes have on the time it takes for people to travel to their nearest jobcentre. It enables users to see journey times to their nearest jobcentres ‘as is’, which existing jobcentres are planned to be closed, where new sites are expected to be opened and how these changes will affect their travel time from where they live to their nearest jobcentre site.