Cuts Watch #378: u-turn on regional offices
Back in the summer, the Department for Communities and Local Government abolished the Government Offices for the Regions, ignoring protests about the valuable work they do and the need for a regional presence for central government. Yesterday, in a Parliamentary written answer, BIS minister Mark Prisk announced that his Department is re-creating them. As he added,
It is important that BIS has a policy presence outside of Whitehall so that the Department can communicate effectively with local enterprise partnerships, businesses and other organisations.
It would be interesting to know whether Eric Pickles agrees.