§ 48. Mr. Maples
asked the Paymaster General what steps are being taken to encourage links between jobcentres and unemployment benefits offices.
§ Mr. Lang
Most jobcentres already have close links with unemployment benefit offices, and liaison arrangements are kept under review.
In order to increase the awareness of jobcentre services amongst claimants, including longer term unemployed, 46 pilot projects in unemployment benefit offices are currently under way and a further 70 are planned. The projects include vacancy displays, information displays and the installation of electronic equipment which gives information on jobcentre services.