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Valuation Office Agency: Closures

HM Treasury written question – answered on 7th December 2017.

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Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Labour, Norwich South

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Valuation Office Agency offices that are being considered for closure under the office closure programme.

Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Labour, Norwich South

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed at each office of the Valuation Office Agency.

Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Labour, Norwich South

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of staff at the Valuation Office Agency are within the scope of the redundancy programme.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

Information on Valuation Office Agency (VOA) office closures and staff currently employed at each office will be placed in the Library of the House in due course.

The VOA's estates programme intends to transform the way it uses its offices to support new and more efficient ways of working. It balances affordability and geographic coverage.

By April 2023, the VOA expects to work out of 26 locations. By consolidating into a smaller number of higher-quality buildings, the VOA will be able to support its staff in adapting to a more flexible way of working, delivering services to its customers in a more cost-effective and sustainable way. Larger offices will offer VOA staff a wider range of roles and career paths within a single location.

The estates programme is not a redundancy programme. As the VOA reduces its office space, it will take every practical step to avoid compulsory job losses as a result of any future location changes. The VOA will seek, where possible, to retain staff and their skills. Where it is not possible for staff to continue to work for the VOA, it will support them in seeking alternative employment in the civil service or elsewhere.

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