Sir Michael will evaluate whether relocation of these key services will
improve cost effectiveness and achieve a better regional balance of
In his Budget statement today chancellor Gordon Brown said:
'I turn now to policies that will benefit our regions. Past civil service relocation reviews have included the Fleming Review and, more recently, the Hardman Review, which led to over 10,000 civil service jobs transferred out of London. The deputy
prime minister and I now propose that we examine not only the civil service
but non-departmental bodies and other public services with the aim of
achieving best value for money.
'Successful relocation out of London by private companies, and our analysis,
Suggests public sector jobs transferred to our regions could exceed 20,000 -
To the benefit of the whole country.
'So today we are asking departments to submit updated workforce development
Plans and asking Sir Michael Lyons to advise with a view to decisions on relocation by the next spending review.'
Sir Michael is Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies
and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham. He leads
the department as part of the wider School of Public Policy on a part-time
basis and has a series of other public and private responsibilities. Most
notably he is the non-executive chairman of the English Cities Fund - a £100m
fund established by Legal and General, English Partnerships
and AMEC Developments plc to promote institutional investment in urban
regeneration. He is chairman of West Midlands Music Radio and a non
executive director of three companies: Wragge and Co, the prominent Birmingham
based solicitors; Park man plc, a rapidly growing company specialising in
consultancy and outsourcing and Carlton Television (Central Region).
Sir Michael was knighted in January 2000 for services to local government
after serving as the chief executive of three local authorities -
Birmingham City Council (1994-2001); Nottinghamshire CC
(1990-1994) and Wolverhampton BC (1985-1990).
Sir Michael is a member of the Treasury's Public Services Productivity Panel
and works closely with SOLACE, KPMG and LAGAN Technologies Ltd. He also
chairs the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Recent activities include membership of the Independent Fire Service Review
which produced its report (The Bain Report) in December 2002. Together with
Ian Byatt he was responsible for the publication of 'The Future Role of
Inspectorates' published in the autumn of 2001 and has been actively
involved in the dissemination of the results from the ESRC programme
'Cities: competition and cohesiveness' for which he has chaired the Advisory
Board. He was lead advisor for the House of Commons select committee's
Review of the Local Government Act 2000 and pre-legislative scrutiny of the
Local Government Bill 2002.