The Home Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are to share central London headquarters as part of a continuing drive to reduce costs and increase efficiency across Whitehall.
The move, scheduled to take place in mid-2014, will see DCLG leave Eland House and take up spare office space at 2 Marsham Street. The move will help reduce the cost of the civil estate by £24 million annually.
The current cost of running Eland House is £20 million per annum and the move is predicted to save DCLG £8 million. Approximately 1,200 DCLG staff and 100 arms length body staff will move to 2 Marsham Street.
The announcement is part of the reshaping of the Home Office, including the splitting up of the UK Border Agency announced by the Home Secretary last month, to more clearly focus resources on priorities. Helen Kilpatrick, director-general of finance and corporate services at the Home Office, said:
“The move provides us with a great opportunity to place the Home Office at the forefront of civil service reform, developing ways of working flexibly and sharing resources and knowledge across departments.”
Minister for Local Government Brandon Lewis, said:
“At DCLG, we believe in making sure taxpayers get value for money. By sharing services and streamlining our property portfolio this move will allow us to continue practising what we preach.”
Detailed plans are still in development but the move of DCLG is designed to ensure costs are kept to a minimum thereby providing value for money for the taxpayer.