Land Registry to cut 1,500 jobs and close offices

Up to 1,500 jobs could go at the Land Registry before the government department’s possible sale to the private sector, the  Times has reported.

The paper has learned that the government department is also to close a quarter of its national offices and will announce the changes today (Thursday).

The report added that the Registry will call its 7,700 staff to a meeting today to explain why the cuts, which will affect administration assistants to more senior civil servants, are necessary.

It is expected that Registry executives will blame the downturn in the housing market for plans to reduce costs.

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