Chancellor calls for consolidation of government HR roles

Chancellor
Gordon Brown hopes to save billions of pounds in costs by relocating as many as
30,000 civil service jobs away from London and consolidating the back office
functions such as HR.

According
to a report in the Independent newspaper, Brown hopes to sell off some
government buildings in London and cut rental costs by moving between 20,000
and 30,000 jobs away from the capital.

The
Treasury wants different departments and agencies to operate joint back office
functions such as HR and switch the savings to frontline services.

The
Independent claims Brown will announce the measures in tomorrow’s pre-budget
speech.

According
to the reports Brown believes there is scope to save £3bn a year and will tell
departments to operate more like private sector firms.

By Ross Wigham

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