Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: East Ayrshire (2 Feb 2017)

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where staff based at Cumnock administration centre will be relocated in the event of its closure.

Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We have entered a period of consultation with our staff at Cumnock Killoch House and will be undertaking internal discussions about the options for relocation. It is important to stress that this is a proposal at this stage and we will make a final decision following the consultation process with our colleagues. DWP is retaining a significant presence in Scotland and staff at Cumnock will be offered the opportunity to relocate to other parts of DWP wherever possible.