Skip to main content

Location

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many posts his Department were relocated from London and the South East in each year between 2004 and 2007; how many it plans to relocate in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and what financial savings as a result of such relocations were made by his Department in each year since 2004, broken down by budgetary heading. (200464)

The following table shows the number of posts relocated from London and the South East.

Period

Number of posts relocated away from London and the South East

20031

1,954

2004

364

2005

858

2006

757

2007

76

Forecast for 2008

57

Forecast for 2009

0

1 HM Treasury agreed a baseline date of 1 June 2003 for the Department’s Lyons Public Sector Relocation programme. This was to reflect early progress of relocating 1,954 posts away from London and the South East between the Department submitting its relocation proposals to the Lyons Review and December 2003.

The target date set by the Lyons Review for completing the relocations was March 2010 but the Department agreed to meet the target by March 2008 as part of the 2004 Spending Review. The target was in fact met by December 2007.

The Lyons Review did not require Departments to report costs or savings of relocating posts and consequently that information has not been centrally maintained.