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York MP Calls for Civil Service Jobs to be Moved up North


11:33am 21st December 2012

A government minister has stated that 410 civil service jobs have been lost in York since the 2010 election.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude made the statement in response to a question from York Central MP Hugh Bayley.

The MP is now calling for more civil service jobs to be moved from London to York.

Hugh Bayley said: “Since the Coalition came to power York has lost over 400 civil service jobs, which means there are hundreds of empty desks in government offices in York.  The Minister says that there are too many civil servants in central London, where the overheads and rents are much higher. If they moved 400 jobs to York they would fill their empty offices here and be able to save money by closing and giving up leases on much more expensive accommodation in London. Modern technology has improved communication so we no longer need civil servants to be based in Whitehall. If the government wants to save money this is a good way to do it.”

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