HM Treasury


24 March 2010

Relocation: transforming where and how government works

Putting the Front Line First: smarter government commissioned Ian Smith to conduct an independent review on the scope for further government relocations out of London and the South East. The report was published on 24th March 2010 with Budget.

The report recommends that the Government sets itself a stretching target of reducing the complement of civil servants in London by a third in the longer term. Ian Smith  believes that if his recommendations are implemented in full, 15,000 posts should be relocated out of London over the next five years.

Ian Smith recommends that government takes a more strategic approach to relocations. The programme should deliver savings for the taxpayer by reducing the central London estate and lowering ongoing operational costs. Relocation will also:

The Government accepts Ian Smith’s recommendations and will implement them over the coming months.

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