Jobs Under Threat by Closure of Regional Government Offices
The regional Government Office for the North West, which has staff based in Manchester’s City Tower and the Cunard Building in Liverpool, will be scrapped – with up to 200 jobs lost.
The Office currently carries out the work of 13 different government departments in the North West, but according to Eric Pickles – the Department for Communities and Local Government secretary – the regional offices are “interfering” and inefficient.
“I do not believe the arbitrary government regions to be a tier of administration that is efficient, effective or popular,” said Pickles, according to TheBusinessDesk. “They are a fundamental part of the ‘command and control’ apparatus of England’s over-centralised state.”
He added that the Government offices are “agents of Whitehall to intervene and interfere in localities” rather than bodies which give a voice to regional issues.
Many of the staff currently located in Manchester and Liverpool were due to be moved to the new Mayfield campus near Piccadilly station next year.
However, the proposed relocation of 5,000 civil servants to the new “Whitehall of the North” is still expected to go ahead, and this move will be unaffected by the closure of the governmentΓÇÖs regional offices.
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