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New Consulation on Relocating Public Sector Jobs

19 June 2003

The Chancellor Gordon Brown launched today a new consultation on the relocation of civil service and public sector operations away from London and the South East to other parts of the UK.

Sir Michael Lyons had been commissioned to conduct an independent review into the matter and views of interested parties are particularly sought on the following issues:

  • Previous and current relocations of activity, both in the private and public sectors
  • How businesses take advantage of advances in modern technology and electronic communications to allow people to be based away from the operational centre
  • The strengths of locations outside London and the South East
  • The likely economic impact on the regions of moving public sector activities from London and the South East, and
  • How policy development and service delivery would be affected if further decentralised.

The consultation will run until 12 September 2003, with the results of the review presented to the Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister by November this year.

Read the full announcement

Further information on the Lyons Review

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