Rationale for estates decisions

This summarises decisions behind the future department relocation by each region. It looks at possible effects on staff and local community.


Rationale for estates decisions


Between June and October 2012, the department conducted a ‘zero-based’ review into the way the department works: its size, shape and ways of working. This review was announced as part of the Civil Service Reform Plan, and supports its ambition to create a leaner, more responsive civil service with the right skills and capabilities to create and deliver world class policy.

Estates costs represent a significant proportion of the department’s administrative budget. In 2012 to 2013 the DfE spent £34 million on 12 buildings and an additional £6 million on the residual cost of buildings inherited from arm’s length bodies (ALBs).

Published 14 August 2013