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Helen Bailey to step down

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One of local government’s most prominent voices in Whitehall has announced she is stepping down.

Helen Bailey, HM Treasury’s director of public services, said she would be stepping down from her post with effect from 28 February 2011 “to pursue other opportunities”.

Ms Bailey has been the director responsible for local government, health, housing, education and the devolved administrations, covering around one quarter of UK public spending. She has also led the Treasury’s work on public service reform.

She said: “I decided a while ago that the spending review would mark a watershed in my time in the Treasury and would be the right time to move on. I have learned a lot and am proud of my contributions on issues such as Community Budgets and public service reform, and the Treasury’s work with a large number of stakeholders inside and outside government.”

Ms Bailey joined Treasury in June 2008, from the London Borough of Islington, where she was chief executive.

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