Office cull costs £6.1m

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THE Government’s decision to close its regional base will cost £6.1m as 94 staff leave.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles brought down the axe on the Government’s network of regional offices, saying they were not voices for regions in Whitehall but “agents of Whitehall to intervene and interfere in localities”.

However, the decision attracted criticism because the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), later announced it would be opening up a network of “BIS Local” offices around the country in an apparent admission that the Government does need a presence in Yorkshire after all.

Officials admitted that 40 staff have already left the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber since 2009 – at a cost of £1.16m.

The remainder are expected to leave before next April.

The biggest individual redundancy package was £113,464.