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Relocation FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions on the topics of Relocation (general) and proposed relocations.

If you have any further questions on Government Relocation please email us.

Who is responsible for implementing the Lyons Review recommendations?

Departments are responsible for implementing their own commitments to relocate. Overall responsibility for coordinating Lyons implementation rests with the Office of Government Commerce as an integral part of the Efficiency Programme. This responsibility includes monitoring progress by departments in meeting commitments and co-ordinating the separate workstreams involved (e.g. the property aspects of relocation and the effective use of workspace; workforce / HR issues; location choices and regional regeneration). Progress is reported to the Efficiency Programme Executive Group.

Who is leading on these separate workstreams?

OGC leads on property and effective workspace utilisation. The Cabinet Office leads on workforce / HR issues. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) leads on location and regional regeneration. The Treasury leads on delivery of Spending Review commitments.

Where are the jobs relocating?

The choice of location is for departments, taking into account their own business needs and an informed assessment of locations. The DCLG has published draft guidance setting out how Government departments should take account of regional economic balance considerations when choosing locations for work being transferred out of London and the South East. The guidance explains the details of how departments should reflect Government policy in the decisions they make about new locations for their business. The guidance does not attempt to provide a list of places that will be suitable for public sector relocations. Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)have been asked to produce fact sheets about specific locations in their region for use by Government departments undertaking relocation appraisals.

Who is moving where?

Details of departments" relocation proposals are in Spending Review white paper. Most departments not yet in a position to confirm locations identified as firm destinations. Further details will be provided by departments in Efficiency Technical Notes.

Will jobs relocate to regions where there will be public sector job cuts?

Where possible, departments will coordinate relocations with areas where there are to be workforce reductions, to ensure maximum redeployment.

How much will relocation save and what are the benefits?

It is clear that relocation out of expensive London and the South East will save money in the long term. A precise figure has not been determined, but will be worked up as departments start getting their relocation plans in place. It is clear also that the benefits from relocation include: the opportunity to make fundamental changes in business processes, working methods and culture; increased cost savings through aligning pay with local market conditions and therefore helping to maximise the economic benefits for receiving locations; strengthen cross-Government coordination which will lower the costs of early exits from London leases, and contain the risks of overheating property and labour markets in regional locations. Any efficiency gains would be in addition to the £21.5bn quoted for other efficiencies Sir Michael Lyons cost modelling estimated that 20,000 dispersals would break even after 6-7 years and could yield net savings of £2bn in 15 years Efficiency and relocations programmes have implications for the management of the public sector estate, which will be reviewed to ensure they are properly configured, including through asset sales.

What is being done to ensure relocations happen?

Relocation is a key strand of Government"s efficiency programme. Overall progress on achieving the relocation commitments will be reported to the Efficiency programme Executive Group. Agreed targets, Efficiency Technical Notes and the production of implementation plans will be used by departments and will help Government monitor success. Departments will report progress through their departmental reports. In addition, progress will be reported on departmental web-sites.

Previous initiatives like this have promised a lot and not fully delivered - will this be any different?

Relocation is an integral part of the efficiency implementation programme, taking on best practice from the PSA monitoring and delivery framework. There is firm commitment from the Prime Minister and Chancellor and cabinet colleagues that implementing Lyons will deliver the intended benefits and as part of implementing the overall Efficiency Programme.

Will relocation damage London & the South East?

Dispersal of public sector jobs is unlikely to have long-term negative effect. GLA predicts an increase of 600,000 jobs in London alone over medium-term The process of relocation will be gradual to ensure minimum upheaval Could have net benefits by relieving congestion and growing pressure on labour and housing markets, as well bringing benefits to receiving towns and cities There may not be a strong social and economic case for relocating activities out of deprived areas of the South East. These factors will need to be seriously considered in conjunction with the business case - eg greater efficiency and improved service delivery.

Are there any firm examples of proposed relocations?

Details of department relocation programmes can be found under Relocation Programme and Projects.

What is the significance of the swan imagery used on the Government Relocation Portal?

It"s the old analogy; everything on the surface will continue to seem serene, however we hope the amount of frantic activity below the waterline should reduce, allowing the swan to direct its energy at swimming more efficiently and in the right direction rather than putting all its energy into steaming full ahead.