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Departmental Staff

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what new staff posts have been created in her Department and its predecessor in the last 12 months. (94648)

The specific information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. It is the delegated responsibility of individual Directors to organise the number of staff, and management level within the delegated budget available so as to maximise effectiveness, efficiency and economy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1652W, on departmental staff, how many staff will be moved to 26 Whitehall to backfill the vacated office space; and what the estimated cost is of the changes. (94779)

No staff from Department for Communities and Local Government will now be moved to 26 Whitehall. It has been agreed that 26 Whitehall will be handed back to the Cabinet Office from 1 November 2006. In exchange the Department for Communities and Local Government will take two floors of Stockley House, Victoria, from the Cabinet Office until the end of March 2008. This space will be used as decant space for an ongoing project to move all staff in Eland House and Ashdown House into open plan and consolidate its London headquarters down to just these two buildings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any of the staff in her Department are classed as key workers for the purposes of the (a) low-cost home ownership and (b) shared ownership schemes. (95887)

Staff within the Department for Communities and Local Government are not classed as key workers for the purpose of the low-cost home ownership and shared ownership schemes.

Those classed as key workers for our low-cost home ownership and shared ownership schemes, are as follows:

Clinical NHS staff (with the exception of doctors and dentists);

Teachers and nursery nurses in schools and further education/sixth form colleges;

Police officers, Community Support Officers and some civilian staff;

Prison Service staff in certain prisons;

Probation Service staff;

Social workers, nursery nurses, educational psychologists, and therapists (e.g. occupational therapists) employed by local authorities, CAFCASS or the NHS;

Local Authority Planners;

Firefighters and other uniformed staff below principal level in Fire and Rescue Services;

Connections Personal Advisors employed by a local authority or a Connexions Partnership;

MoD personnel, certain personnel qualify for new build products (New Build HomeBuy and Intermediate rent).