Communities and Local Government: Buildings

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all such office space; and if he will place in the Library a copy of his most recent departmental real estate valuation.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The Department does not have unused freehold or leasehold office space and it does not hold a market value assessment for the properties held.

Since 2010 the Department has had considerable success in reducing the cost of its estate. We have saved:

  • £16 million per year by surrendering seven leasehold offices;
  • £24 million per year for Government by moving the Department to Marsham Street;
  • £10.9 million per year by subletting surplus leasehold office space.

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