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Job Centre safety

EDM (Early Day Motion) 59: tabled on 18 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the decision of the Department for Work and Pensions to considerably increase face-to-face services in job centres across the UK without formal consultation with trade unions; is concerned that the Department for Work and Pensions has failed to conduct adequate risk assessments in advance of the increased activity within job centres and the potential increased risk to local communities; is aware that increased face-to-face activity is being focused on certain groups including 18 to 24 year olds, many of whom are yet to receive their covid-19 vaccinations; notes that the Public and Commercial Service Union (PCS), which represents thousands of job centre staff across the UK, is currently conducting a consultative ballot regarding health and safety in the workplace; supports PCS’ calls for a measured approach to the full reopening of job centres to ensure communities, staff and claimants are safe; applauds the tireless efforts of job centre staff who have done their upmost during the covid-19 outbreak to support claimants and have performed to a high standard using mainly digital means; and calls on the Government and for Work and Pensions to immediately reverse recent increases in face-to-face activity until such a time as communities can be adequately protected and the vaccination programme has been completed for all age groups.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Strangford
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Glasgow Central
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2021
Denton and Reddish
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2021
Salford and Eccles
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2021
Stockport
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 May 2021
Livingston
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Glasgow North
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Midlothian
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Glasgow South
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Glasgow North West
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 May 2021
Arfon
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 May 2021
Glasgow North East
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 May 2021
Glasgow East
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Ochil and South Perthshire
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Ceredigion

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.