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Department for Work and Pensions: Location

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 149408, tabled on 29 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 March 2022, HCWS700 and the statement relating to no plans to reduce headcount, what equality impact assessment has been conducted with regard to local communities facing proposed office closures.

Answered on

5 April 2022

A full Equality Assessment has been completed which considers the impact on colleagues. Separately, the planning of an office closure includes consideration of factors including the ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation’ for each location, which considers many factors, including:

  • Income Deprivation
  • Employment Deprivation
  • Education, Skills and Training Deprivation
  • Health Deprivation and Disability
  • Crime
  • Barriers to Housing and Services
  • Living Environment Deprivation