DCLG will 'alter significantly under the government’s localism agenda': more enabling and less intervening, says Sir Bob

The Department for Communities and Local Government is to cut its director general posts from six to three, as it absorbs a 33% cut in its administration budget over four years.

Two of the new director general roles will cover the policy areas of localism and neighbourhoods, while the third will lead finance and corporate services.

The DCLG was told by chancellor George Osborne last week that its overall budget would be sliced by 30.4 per cent over the four years, from £37.5 billion in the current financial year to £26.1 billion in 2014/15. The cuts include a 74 per cent reduction in the department's capital budget for housing and regeneration projects.

Kerslake said: 'Our department’s role is altering significantly under the Government’s localism agenda. We’ll do more enabling and less intervening. We’ll be a smaller department but stronger – and we will play a more strategic role, punching our weight in Whitehall.'

A selection process to fill the 24 most senior remaining post will take place between now and Christmas.

Sir Bob said the scale of cuts made some compulsory redundancies unavoidable, but a voluntary redundancy scheme would be offered first.

Sir Bob said: 'Our department’s role is altering significantly under the government’s localism agenda. We’ll do more enabling and less intervening. We’ll be a smaller department but stronger - and we will play a more strategic role, punching our weight in Whitehall.'

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