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Former Brexit boss: Civil service relocation plans are encouraging—do they go far enough?

It is right to move more posts outside London but pay attention to the senior leadership roles—and the resources in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

By Philip Rycroft  

Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

Coronavirus sweeps all before it. The government and civil service will be straining every sinew to deal with a scale of crisis that this country has not witnessed for many a long year. The concentric circles of officialdom dealing with the emergency centre tightly on the Cabinet Office in London and many of the officials leading the response will be within walking distance of 70 Whitehall.

This is no doubt efficient in a crisis. Whitehall is a meetings-driven culture and the clear preference…

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