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Efficiency & Relocation Support Programme
The Cabinet Office Efficiency & Relocation Support Programme works with Civil Service departments, agencies and relevant Non Departmental Public Bodies in managing efficiency and relocation, while minimising the need for compulsory redundancy.
Strengthened protocols [193KB DOC, 9 pages], agreed between the Cabinet Office and Council for Civil Service Unions and endorsed by the Minister with responsibility for the Civil Service and the Permanent Secretary’s Employee Relations Group , came into force on 1 April 2008.
The Gershon Review, part of our 2004 Spending Review, announced that achieving the necessary efficiency savings would require a reduction of some 84,000 posts by 2008.
Read the Gershon Review in full to see how these savings are being achieved
At the same time, the Lyons Relocation Review identified 20,000 Civil Service posts that could be relocated outside London and the South East, and set a target of achieving this by 2010.
Find out more about the Lyons Relocation Review [External website]
These two Reviews have formed the basis of the HM Treasury Efficiency Programme. You can find more information about this on the Treasury's own website, by following the link below.
Visit the Treasury site [External website] to read more about the Efficiency Programme
The role of the Cabinet Office
The Cabinet Office plays a vital part in delivering Civil Service efficiencies. Its role includes:
- developing protocols to be used in managing reductions;
- working closely with HR directors to share information and experiences;
- setting up central/regional forums to support departments, agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) in their efforts to manage workforce reductions, without resorting to compulsory redundancies;
- providing regional support through a network of Regional Co-ordinators.
Latest guidance for managers and HR Practitioners
Information for managers and HR Practitioners within departments, agencies and NDPBs, can be accessed at:
https://www.epimstest.ogc.gov.uk/codocs/ [External website]
This area can only be accessed by Government organisations, and includes key guidance documents and good practice.
Latest guidance for employees
All public sector staff with access to the internet, either from work or home, can find guidance and advice at:
http://www.ogc.gov.uk/supporting_relocation_people_issues.asp [External website]