"The fact is they have closed more than 500 job centres in recent years," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.
Commenting on the Government’s plans for a ‘shake-up’ of JobCentres, Steve Webb said:
“At last it seems the Government is recognising the terrible damage it did by closing hundreds of job centres as Britain headed into recession. But as this will have no impact for at least a year, it does nothing for the millions who are looking for work now.
“Ministers may trumpet an 800-strong new network, but the fact is they have closed more than 500 job centres in recent years. They will now have to reopen many of the centres they so short-sightedly closed.
“With these measures not set to take effect until after the election, Gordon Brown is merely confirming his status as a lame duck Prime Minister. Labour should be focusing on what they can do for Britain’s unemployed now, not posturing in a desperate attempt to save their own skins.”