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Cuts Watch #378: u-turn on regional offices

09 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

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.

One Response to Cuts Watch #378: u-turn on regional offices

  1. Dave Jones
    Feb 14th 2011, 11:03 am

    It was always a strange set up with Govt Offices as they never existed as a legal entity. Each government department who participated in the GOs provided their own staff and were responsible for issues such as redeployment and redundancy so as with many of their decisions this government tends to shoot first and ask questions later!