Evidence session for inquiry into Jobcentre Plus announced

05 September 2013

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today announced the third of six planned oral evidence sessions for its inquiry into the role of Jobcentre Plus (JCP) in the reformed welfare system.

This evidence session will be with the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents the majority of Jobcentre staff, followed by a panel of witnesses representing externally contracted employment services and training providers.

The session will focus on JCP’s role as a public employment service, including its effectiveness as the gateway to contracted provision such as the Work Programme and Work Choice. It will also consider JCP’s ability to monitor and respond to local labour market needs and opportunities, through initiatives including the Flexible Support Fund and Sector-based work academies.

The Committee issued terms of reference for this inquiry on 19 April.

Details of the session are as follows

Time/date: Wednesday 11 September at 9.30 am
Location: Grimond Room, Portcullis House


  • Public and Commercial Services Union - Helen Flanagan, Wigan JCP and Charles Law, Industrial Officer

At approx. 10.30 am

  • Colin Booth, Principal, Barnsley College, member of the Association of Colleges
  • Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
  • Stewart Segal, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Further evidence sessions are scheduled on the following dates. All meetings will be in a House of Commons Committee room and will be held in public. Details will be confirmed in due course:


  • Wednesday 16 October at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 30 October at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 20 November at 9.30am

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