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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

My Department had the following numbers of staff by Civil Service grade at 31 March in each of the requested years as reported by the Office for National Statistics:

Civil Service Grade or equivalent 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Administrative grades 360 224 235 203 139
Executive Officers 389 351 333 307 269
Higher Executive Officers 561 429 525 508 485
Senior Executive Officers 264 255 297 287 310
Grades 7 456 391 460 472 472
Grades 6 102 134 116 114 113
Senior Civil Service (SCS) 155 102 111 109 90
Total 2,287 1,886 2,077 2,000 1,878

These figures do not reflect the savings to the public purse from the abolition of the Government Office for the Regions and the regional development agencies and their associated machinery of government changes and reduction in overall staffing; full details can be found in the answers of 11 June 2012, Hansard, columns 11-13W.

The Department is committed to greater transparency in government and now publishes internal workforce management information, including numbers of staff by Civil Service grade, for both the Department and its arm’s length bodies on a monthly basis on both the Department’s website and

Based on current estimates (which reflect accounting consequences from machinery of government changes), the DCLG Group is reducing its annual running costs by 41% in real terms by 2014-15. This equates to net savings of at least £532 million over this spending review period.

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