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British Council: Manpower

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British Council posts in the UK are being outsourced; what the cost-savings involved are; and if he will make a statement. (295187)

The British Council is undertaking an investment and transformation programme across its network to increase the scale and impact of its global activities.

This includes a proposal to consolidate the organisation's finance functions from five global centres into one overseas centre and one in the UK. As a result, the total number of UK finance posts would reduce from 98 to approximately 40. Around 40 posts would transfer to the overseas finance centre. Consultation on the proposals is ongoing and no final decision has yet been made. Proposed changes to the finance function do not include any plans to outsource to other companies.

The overall savings from this reduction in staffing will be approximately £12 million per year.