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Local Government: Efficiency Savings

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Spokesperson in the Lords, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Planning), Department for Communities and Local Government

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What level of efficiency savings they are requiring from the Government office in each English region in each year in the three-year period starting with the current year; and what proportion of the revenue spending this amounts to in each year.

Photo of Baroness Andrews Baroness Andrews Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Government Office Network was set a target to deliver savings of 2.5 per cent per annum in CSR04. This equated to a required saving of £4.57 million in running costs in 2007-08. Under CSR07 the GO Network is required to make year-on-year running cost savings of 5 per cent per annum, in line with the settlement received by Communities and Local Government.

Across the GO Network this equates to savings in the first year of the CSR of:

Government Office Cash savings (£000s) Savings as a proportion of running costs (%)
North East 410.05 3.17
North West 418.87 2.43
Yorks and Humber 292.48 2.63
West Midlands 464.51 3.12
East Midlands 337.52 2.94
South East 393.99 2.88
East 447.15 3.59
South West 300.23 2.06
London 497.49 2.85
Central Infrastructure* 1,008 N/A
* The savings on central infrastructure relate to ICT and estates expenditure.

The allocations to individual Government Offices and for central infrastructure in respect of the next two years have yet to be agreed but will deliver the CSR savings required from the network as a whole.

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