It gets cosy in the Cabinet as Whitehall downsizes

Stat of the day: The government has offloaded 295,000 square metres of office space in the capital as part of its cost-cutting regime. MT envisions three-to-a-desk civil servants and ten-mile queues in the office canteen.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Last year, Whitehall managed to wiggle out of leases, sell properties, squeeze several departments into a single building, and generally make public sector workers sit closer together. As a result, it's got rid of 41 Wembley-sized football pitches worth of space. 

All in all, government has pulled out of 99 buildings in London, and many more across the country. The total tally for the property cuts reaches 416,597 square metres nationwide. The total saving: around £5bn in a single year, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

'There will be no turning back in the hunt to root out waste,' he says. And Maude knows all about it. The Cabinet Office was recently moved into the Treasury. Let's hope the forecasted procurement spend on lightbulbs and luncheon meat doesn't get mixed up with the national Budget...

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