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Departmental Reorganisation

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what change there will be as a result of the restructuring of the Cabinet Office Communications Directorate in (a) the number of the directorate’s staff and (b) the directorate’s aggregate staff wage bill. (258712)

The overall staff costs are not anticipated to increase due to changes in the grading of staff. The reorganisation will deliver substantial efficiency savings and will reduce the overall cost of the unit by approximately £500,000.

The current funded number of staff is 41 full time equivalents, which include four staff provided by the Central Office of Information on a repayment basis. The current plans for restructuring Cabinet Office Communications will see the overall number rise to 45.5 FTE.

The restructuring of Cabinet Office Communications is intended to better align staff resources with the Department’s objectives.