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Department for Work and Pensions: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 81978, tabled on 25 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which offices in her Department have been (a) closed or (b) partially closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak in each of the last six months.

Answered on

30 November 2021

The Department has consistently taken a proactive approach to reporting and reviewing all reported cases of Covid-19 infections. This has ensured that wherever possible sites remain open or partially open.

During the 6-month period May to October 2021, 11 offices have been closed for a circuit breaks, 6 of these were closed due to multiple positive cases on the site. Circuit breaks are tight restrictions and/or closures designed to stop and bring the number of cases down.

The following offices were closed or partially closed due to circuit breaks:

  • Blackburn Service Centre
  • Wigan Jobcentre
  • Caxton House (Corporate Centre/Hub)
  • Manchester St Peters SQ (Corporate Centre/Hub)
  • Dudley Pedmore House Service Centre
  • Guisely Jobcentre
  • Weymouth Jobcentre
  • Newcastle Tyne View Park (Corporate Centre/Hub)
  • Caerphilly Jobcentre
  • Kirkby Jobcentre
  • Montrose Jobcentre

The offices listed above are sites that were closed for a Circuit Break due to the potential of workplace transmission and therefore do not include sites where they were temporarily closed to allow for deep clean to take place.

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