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Cabinet Office announces pilot property scheme

Thu 27th June 2013, 4:21 pm

Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office ChloŽ Smith has announced a scheme encouraging councils to work with other public sector organisations to share buildings or release public land.

The scheme, named “One Public Estate” is currently being trialled in 12 areas including Bristol, Leeds, Hull Sheffield and Nottingham.

The programme aims to make local knowledge a part of the government’s efforts to rationalise its estate.

Smith said: “In central government, we’re working hard to ensure the taxpayer does not have to pay for empty buildings.

"Already, we’ve raised over £1 billion nationally by getting departments to work together and use their property more efficiently.

"It is great to see local authorities making such good progress, by thinking in new ways about property issues.”

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