OPINION: Decentralisation won't happen

I've just come across a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) briefing on "relocation and central government". It's about the Lyons review. It's very sensible - the document, not the Lyons review. The document says many intelligent things about why it would be in the national interest to transfer public sector activities from London and the South-East to other parts of the UK. It's when I read that "it has been suggested that the result of the review could be relocation of 20,000 posts (there are currently 230,000 civil servants and other central government staff in London and the SouthEast)" that I realised we'd all left planet earth on this subject.

by Tim Williams, tim.williams@haynet.com, is chief executive of CPR Regeneration

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