Departmental Manpower

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff were on his Department's payroll in (a) June 2010, (b) June 2011 and (c) January 2012.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and local Government had:

(a) 2,110 staff (2,051 full-time equivalent staff) on payroll as of 30 June 2010

(b) 2024 staff (1,962 full-time equivalent staff) on payroll as of 30 June 2011

(c) 1,907 staff (1,848 full-time equivalent staff) on payroll as of 31 January 2012

However, these figures include staff transferred into the department, in April and July 2011, to undertake the residual functions of the abolished Government offices for the regions and the regional development agencies.

As part of the spending review settlement; the DCLG Group is making a collective 33% real terms saving against its running costs by 2014-15. This equates to savings of over £200 million by 2014-15. In addition, the Department will save a further £190 million from the closure of the Government offices for the regions, taking overall savings on administrative running costs to 42% across the DCLG Group by 2014-15.

These savings reflect the coalition Government's agenda of decentralisation, ending the micromanagement of local government, the abolition of regional government, and the broader need to tackle the deficit left by the last Administration.

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