Civil servants should be relocated from London to regions that are heavily reliant on state jobs to mitigate against council job cuts, according to the Improvement & Development Agency’s new chief.
Rob Whiteman, who became the agency’s managing director this month, warned against big job culls by councils in areas such as the north-east.
Mr Whiteman told LGC: “We have to be mindful that cutting the public
sector in some parts of the country where it is the local economy could have dangerous effects.”
He said ministers could learn from “governments that tried to relocate parts of government to areas where it will help with unemployment”.
Mr Whiteman’s comments follow the previous government outlining plans in its March Budget to relocate 15,000 civil service jobs out of London within five years.