Council plans office savings

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Cornwall Council has unveiled plans to save millions of pounds over the next five years by streamlining its office accommodation.

The establishment of a single unitary authority last year has meant that the Council has inherited more offices and buildings from the former districts than it needs, with many of them rented from private landlords.

It now proposes giving up these leases and moving staff into Council owned buildings.

Jim Currie, the Council’s Cabinet member for corporate support, explained: “These plans will enable us to save around £3.3 million a year in rent and running costs and generate up to £16.7 million through the sale of surplus buildings – money which will then be reinvested in protecting frontline services.”

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