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Treasury offices the most costly in Whitehall

NAO reports that the Treasury offices worked out at more than £12,000 per staff member, each of whom enjoyed more space than their counterparts in other divisions

The Treasury has been panned for failing to use its office space more
efficently in a study by the
National Audit Office.

Between 2005 and 2006, the NAO found that Treasury staff enjoyed 21.9 square
metres of space compared with others that had to work in a 13.3 square metre
area.

For each Treasury staff member, the accommodation cost per person in relation
to the value of the buildings occupied was £12,041.

Edward Leigh MP, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, said: ‘According
to these figures, in 2005-06, the Treasury, which tells others how to save money
had the highest cost and space per person. Government departments need to be a
bit smarter about getting value for money from their office property.’

Recently, the Treasury has been making efforts to make more use of its
property. It has since accommodated the staff from the Office of Government
Commerce into the main Treasury building and disposed of, or re-assigned the
leases for, two vacated buildings.

Leigh added: ‘At time when our environment faces serious risks, it is
particularly concerning that departments are not on top of sustainability
issues. It is astounding that more than 60% of departments could not even
provide information on the presence of a recycling scheme.’

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