Council workers on the move in new bid to reduce costs

Have your say

Savings are starting to be made from Sheffield Council’s reorganisation of buildings.

Coun Bryan Lodge, the authority’s cabinet member for finance, said a £1.9 million saving was made in the last year and that the ‘accommodation strategy’ – launched at the end of 2011 – aims to save £30 million overall over 10 years.

Under the changes, council staff are moving out of numerous buildings and being concentrated at large sites the council owns, such as the former Manpower Services building at Moorfoot.

Council workers have already moved out of city centre sites Derwent House, Barker’s Pool House, Palatine Buildings, Central Buildings, Sovereign House, Yorkshire House and premises on Queens Road and Sheldon Road.

Coun Lodge said: “The accommodation strategy aims to produce some significant savings to help reduce the impact of massive and unfair budget cuts on services.”

However, he acknowledged there were some costs to the plan, with £1.74 million spent on changes last year to cover the cost of moving staff and making alterations to buildings.

Once implementation of the accommodation strategy has been completed, Moorfoot will house 2,000 council staff - almost three times the 700 people who are based at the city centre building at present.