Government Departments: Empty Property

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vacant houses and flats are owned by government departments or agencies; and what plans they have either to bring them into use or to redevelop their sites.

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The Government Property Unit in the Cabinet Office is working with departments to reduce vacant space across the estate.

Since May 2010, we have reduced our Estate by 2 million square metres, saving over £625 million in running costs and generating £1.4 billion in capital receipts. On 31st March 2014 only 2.4% (204,327 sq m) of space was vacant across the mandated Civil Estate, well below the reported national average of 8.8%.

Information on the number of vacant houses and flats owned by departments or their agencies is not held centrally.

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