Magazine article Public Finance

Government Departments Drag Their Feet over Relocation Initiative

Magazine article Public Finance

Government Departments Drag Their Feet over Relocation Initiative

Article excerpt

Plans to move 20,000 civil service posts out of London have become bogged down in 'cynicism, opportunism and foot dragging', a new report suggests.

A study by the consultancy Governetz calls on ministers to hand control of the relocation initiative to regional development agencies because some Whitehall departments have 'virtually ignored' proposals to move away from the capital.

In 2003, the Treasury commissioned Sir Michael Lyons to assess the scope for relocating civil service jobs to cut costs and to boost regional economies.

Lyons reported back in 2004. claiming that 20,000 staff could move by 2010, and ministers recently issued guidance encouraging departments to relocate to deprived areas.

But the Governetz study, published on March 7, claims there is a 'marked resistance' across major departments. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.