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Govt departments merged to reduce costs

The Home Office is set to move into the same headquarters as the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from next year as the two departments look to reduce costs.

Specification for the deal includes a scheduled move for the DCLG in mid-2014 from its present setup at Eland Road to the new 2 Marsham Street accommodation, with the shift predicted to deliver efficiency savings for the taxpayer of up to £24 million annually.

The move comes amid a reshaping of the Home Office, with the UK Border Agency to be split up over the coming months and the transfer of the Government Equalities Office from the Home Office to the department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Sue Higgins, director-general of finance and corporate services at DCLG, said: "The move to Marsham Street will save £8 million per year. The department is continually looking at ways to provide greater value for money to the taxpayer. Our aim is to use our resources - people, public money and property assets - as efficiently and creatively as possible to deliver real change.

"Now that the department workforce is 37 per cent less, we don't need as much space so it makes sense to find more suitable accommodation."

In total, the move will impact the 1,200 members of staff of the DCLG, but will ultimately provide a better use of resources for the government and the public in general.

Last month, the DCLG also responded to the chancellor's Budget announcement of a major £4.5 billion boost to funding for the creation of new homes across the UK in the coming months.

A representative for the department stated that the money will be put towards ensuring the transformation of disused or dilapidated property to create new homes more easily and to give access to homeownership to more people in the coming years. 

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