400 Civil Service jobs have been cut in York

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political Reporter

MORE than 400 Civil Service jobs have been cut in York in two years, Government figures have revealed.

The extent of the job losses in the city has been shown through information obtained by York Central MP Hugh Bayley, who tabled a Parliamentary question to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude.

Mr Maude also said the number of civil servants in London was “much higher than it needs to be”, but did not agree to Mr Bayley’s request for a “strategic review” into the relocation of posts from the capital to other areas, including York.

The figures showed the number of full-time equivalent civil servants employed in York at the end of March 2010 was 2,390, but this had fallen to 1,980 by the end of March this year.

Defra and HM Revenue & Customs are believed to be two of the civil service areas affected.

Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper.

Mr Maude said there had already been “endless” relocation studies under the present and previous Governments, adding: “We are concentrating the numbers [of civil servants] into the central London freehold estate, which is significantly reducing our costs, but there is further to go.”

Mr Bayley said: “Since the coalition Government came to power, York has lost more than 400 civil service jobs, which means there are hundreds of empty desks in Government offices in the city.

“The minister says there are too many civil servants in central London, where the overheads and rents are much higher. If they moved 400 jobs to York, they would fill their empty offices here and be able to save money by closing and giving up leases on much more expensive accommodation in London.

“Modern technology has improved communication so that we no longer need civil servants to be based in Whitehall. If the Government wants to save money, this is a good way to do it.”

A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents civil servants, said: “Government cuts have hit York hard, with hundreds of jobs going at a time of high unemployment and little chance of people finding other work.

“This is the complete opposite of what we need in York and elsewhere. Our local economies are crying out for investment, not more cuts.”

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8:49am Thu 27 Dec 12

Jazzper says...

"Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper."
That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !!
Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world!
"Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper." That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !! Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world! Jazzper
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9:23am Thu 27 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

Jazzper wrote:
"Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper."
That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !!
Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world!
What an idiot! Do you not realise the job is London based. Says so on the application form - 'will be based in a big building on the Thames close to Westminster Bridge'.
[quote][p][bold]Jazzper[/bold] wrote: "Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper." That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !! Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world![/p][/quote]What an idiot! Do you not realise the job is London based. Says so on the application form - 'will be based in a big building on the Thames close to Westminster Bridge'. Paul Meoff
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1:01pm Thu 27 Dec 12

peterstreet says...

Jazzper wrote:
"Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper."
That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !!
Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world!
Idiot? worse than that !only a ninny would post such tripe without checking on how much work an M.P. actually does in his constituency where,incidently, his wife and family live. A dairy of Hugh Bayleys meetings and Initiatives is published every month and in addition any M.P. works confidentially on behalf of constituents who have approached him privately for help. I know this for certain as I have approached the M.P. for York central twice. I can say from experience that Hugh Bayley is extremely adept at getting answers and results from government agencies and other Bureaucracies all work done confidentially! By all means work for a differant M.P. next time if you can! that is your democratic right but lets leave the ignorant mealy mouthed lies out of the debate eh?
[quote][p][bold]Jazzper[/bold] wrote: "Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper." That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !! Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world![/p][/quote]Idiot? worse than that !only a ninny would post such tripe without checking on how much work an M.P. actually does in his constituency where,incidently, his wife and family live. A dairy of Hugh Bayleys meetings and Initiatives is published every month and in addition any M.P. works confidentially on behalf of constituents who have approached him privately for help. I know this for certain as I have approached the M.P. for York central twice. I can say from experience that Hugh Bayley is extremely adept at getting answers and results from government agencies and other Bureaucracies all work done confidentially! By all means work for a differant M.P. next time if you can! that is your democratic right but lets leave the ignorant mealy mouthed lies out of the debate eh? peterstreet
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4:15pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Jazzper says...

You may have your opinions on Mr Bayley...they are obviously entirely opposite to mine, I have every right to air them on here as have you. It is also my right to interpret any Press article as I see it, I don't expect 'Trolls' to start name calling! chill out it's Christmas. :-)
You may have your opinions on Mr Bayley...they are obviously entirely opposite to mine, I have every right to air them on here as have you. It is also my right to interpret any Press article as I see it, I don't expect 'Trolls' to start name calling! chill out it's Christmas. :-) Jazzper
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7:55pm Thu 27 Dec 12

the famous one! says...

Terry smith,conservative,f
ourth avenue,heworth,york roll on the 2015 york local and general elections,when the fine people of york can vote conservative for optimism,hope and change and a conservative led council,that they can truely be proud of.its all labours fault that our countrys economy is in the state it is,after 13 years of incompetent labour rule under blair and brown that has left us with the highest budget defict in modern day history.labour left our country virtually bankrupt and sold all our gold reserves off at rock bottom prices.labour carnt be trusted to run our fine country and city of york council and in the 2015 general elections the people of york and britain.will never vote labour in to run our country after virtually bankrupting it and bringing it to its knees. labour will be out of power and goverment for 10 years + as they are incompetent,buracrat
ic and wasteful and dictators in york who do everything behind closed doors.labour have put council tax up in york and made the people of york ,even when my conservative coleauge george osbourne offered labour in york,millions of pounds to freeze it.labour in york have closed burnholme and derwent schools in york even when thousands of fine york people signed petitions to keep them open.labour has closed beckfield lane tip against the people of york wishes.taken away hundreds of bins on yorks streets against the people of yorks wishes.closed care homes in york and cut funding for yorks most vunerable people.mishandled the union terrace car park.and standby a ridiculous none viable affordable housing policy in york,that has brought the housing building in york to a virtual standstill and is causing yorks housing rentals to be sky high and it is not helping create jobs for apprentices,builders and building suppliers that york desperatley needs and is keeping yorks housing lists at a all time high.labours list of failures goes on and on.
Terry smith,conservative,f ourth avenue,heworth,york roll on the 2015 york local and general elections,when the fine people of york can vote conservative for optimism,hope and change and a conservative led council,that they can truely be proud of.its all labours fault that our countrys economy is in the state it is,after 13 years of incompetent labour rule under blair and brown that has left us with the highest budget defict in modern day history.labour left our country virtually bankrupt and sold all our gold reserves off at rock bottom prices.labour carnt be trusted to run our fine country and city of york council and in the 2015 general elections the people of york and britain.will never vote labour in to run our country after virtually bankrupting it and bringing it to its knees. labour will be out of power and goverment for 10 years + as they are incompetent,buracrat ic and wasteful and dictators in york who do everything behind closed doors.labour have put council tax up in york and made the people of york ,even when my conservative coleauge george osbourne offered labour in york,millions of pounds to freeze it.labour in york have closed burnholme and derwent schools in york even when thousands of fine york people signed petitions to keep them open.labour has closed beckfield lane tip against the people of york wishes.taken away hundreds of bins on yorks streets against the people of yorks wishes.closed care homes in york and cut funding for yorks most vunerable people.mishandled the union terrace car park.and standby a ridiculous none viable affordable housing policy in york,that has brought the housing building in york to a virtual standstill and is causing yorks housing rentals to be sky high and it is not helping create jobs for apprentices,builders and building suppliers that york desperatley needs and is keeping yorks housing lists at a all time high.labours list of failures goes on and on. the famous one!
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7:56pm Thu 27 Dec 12

the famous one! says...

Terry smith,conservative,f
ourth avenue,heworth,york roll on the 2015 york local and general elections,when the fine people of york can vote conservative for optimism,hope and change and a conservative led council,that they can truely be proud of.its all labours fault that our countrys economy is in the state it is,after 13 years of incompetent labour rule under blair and brown that has left us with the highest budget defict in modern day history.labour left our country virtually bankrupt and sold all our gold reserves off at rock bottom prices.labour carnt be trusted to run our fine country and city of york council and in the 2015 general elections the people of york and britain.will never vote labour in to run our country after virtually bankrupting it and bringing it to its knees. labour will be out of power and goverment for 10 years + as they are incompetent,buracrat
ic and wasteful and dictators in york who do everything behind closed doors.labour have put council tax up in york and made the people of york ,even when my conservative coleauge george osbourne offered labour in york,millions of pounds to freeze it.labour in york have closed burnholme and derwent schools in york even when thousands of fine york people signed petitions to keep them open.labour has closed beckfield lane tip against the people of york wishes.taken away hundreds of bins on yorks streets against the people of yorks wishes.closed care homes in york and cut funding for yorks most vunerable people.mishandled the union terrace car park.and standby a ridiculous none viable affordable housing policy in york,that has brought the housing building in york to a virtual standstill and is causing yorks housing rentals to be sky high and it is not helping create jobs for apprentices,builders and building suppliers that york desperatley needs and is keeping yorks housing lists at a all time high.labours list of failures goes on and on.
Terry smith,conservative,f ourth avenue,heworth,york roll on the 2015 york local and general elections,when the fine people of york can vote conservative for optimism,hope and change and a conservative led council,that they can truely be proud of.its all labours fault that our countrys economy is in the state it is,after 13 years of incompetent labour rule under blair and brown that has left us with the highest budget defict in modern day history.labour left our country virtually bankrupt and sold all our gold reserves off at rock bottom prices.labour carnt be trusted to run our fine country and city of york council and in the 2015 general elections the people of york and britain.will never vote labour in to run our country after virtually bankrupting it and bringing it to its knees. labour will be out of power and goverment for 10 years + as they are incompetent,buracrat ic and wasteful and dictators in york who do everything behind closed doors.labour have put council tax up in york and made the people of york ,even when my conservative coleauge george osbourne offered labour in york,millions of pounds to freeze it.labour in york have closed burnholme and derwent schools in york even when thousands of fine york people signed petitions to keep them open.labour has closed beckfield lane tip against the people of york wishes.taken away hundreds of bins on yorks streets against the people of yorks wishes.closed care homes in york and cut funding for yorks most vunerable people.mishandled the union terrace car park.and standby a ridiculous none viable affordable housing policy in york,that has brought the housing building in york to a virtual standstill and is causing yorks housing rentals to be sky high and it is not helping create jobs for apprentices,builders and building suppliers that york desperatley needs and is keeping yorks housing lists at a all time high.labours list of failures goes on and on. the famous one!
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11:00pm Thu 27 Dec 12

peterstreet says...

Jazzper wrote:
"Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper."
That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !!
Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world!
Jazzper says...
4:15pm Thu 27 Dec 12

You may have your opinions on Mr Bayley...they are obviously entirely opposite to mine, I have every right to air them on here as have you. It is also my right to interpret any Press article as I see it, I don't expect 'Trolls' to start name calling! chill out it's Christmas. :-)”

I am having difficulty in understanding the above post. The problem I am having is that I do not believe that you or others of your ilk have the "right" you claim without furnishing evidence of what you say. In addition do I take it that you deny that you are a liar, an idiot and a ninny! If so thats three things on which we undoubtedly disagree! as for terry smith! happy christmas Terry from ypur good friend Guess Who!!
[quote][p][bold]Jazzper[/bold] wrote: "Mr Bayley told Mr Maude it was “hard to justify” the number of London-based civil servants when there were “so few in other parts of the country” where rents and building costs were cheaper." That's 'rich' coming from a man who hardly spends any time in York !! Carry on claiming your expenses Mr Bayley....hopefully for not much longer, when you loose your seat at the next election, and end up back in the real world![/p][/quote]Jazzper says... 4:15pm Thu 27 Dec 12 You may have your opinions on Mr Bayley...they are obviously entirely opposite to mine, I have every right to air them on here as have you. It is also my right to interpret any Press article as I see it, I don't expect 'Trolls' to start name calling! chill out it's Christmas. :-)” I am having difficulty in understanding the above post. The problem I am having is that I do not believe that you or others of your ilk have the "right" you claim without furnishing evidence of what you say. In addition do I take it that you deny that you are a liar, an idiot and a ninny! If so thats three things on which we undoubtedly disagree! as for terry smith! happy christmas Terry from ypur good friend Guess Who!! peterstreet
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