Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: East Ayrshire (7 Feb 2017)

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a public consultation is planned on the proposal to close Cumnock administration centre.

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

A public consultation will not take place on the proposal to close Cumnock Kiloch House, as this is a back of house function and does not affect the services delivered by our jobcentres.

However, we have entered a period of consultation with our staff at Cumnock Kiloch 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.