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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 if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

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

The Department for Communities and Local Government completed a major programme of restructuring which finished in October 2011. The Department's planned establishment for 1 November 2012 and going forward is currently 1,757 full-time equivalent staff.

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; full details can be found in the answers of 11 June 2012, Hansard, columns 11-13W. The Department's arm’s length bodies are expected to make significant savings over the spending review period, though no specific headcount targets have been set.

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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