North East Lincolnshire Council moves staff to save cash

Staff working for a district council are to be moved into two town centre "hubs" in an effort to save money.

On Monday work will start on Grimsby's Municipal Offices to accommodate staff in an effort to save North East Lincolnshire Council £1m a year.

And more staff will be working at a twin centre in Cleethorpes as the authority strives to save cash.

Currently the council's offices are spread across 20 different buildings at a cost of £1.7m per year.

'More dynamic'

The move is aimed at cutting office space from 20,000 sq m to 10,000 sq m and having two centres instead of staff based across 20 buildings.

The council said by 2017 the twin hub approach would shave £1m per year off its running costs.

Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of the council who is also responsible for the region's assets and regeneration, said: "As part of our work to reduce costs, we are reducing the number of properties we have and manage.

"Having fewer properties will of course be cheaper for the council, but we are also looking to improve efficiency by introducing more dynamic, or agile, ways of working."

Council officials said the work would run for 26 weeks and see the Municipal Offices remodelled to improve their condition and increase occupancy levels.

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