Goodbye Government Office For London, you’re no longer needed

Hands up who knew anything about the Government Office for London (GOL).

When Labour set up the London Mayoralty they clearly wanted it to be little more than a delivery arm of Westminster politics. That was why Frank Dobson was the official Labour candidate and why the Government Office for London wasn’t abolished.

To give him his due Ken Livingstone didn’t conform to that model and neither has Boris, yet GOL continued and maintained the strange mix of functions and accountability, duplicating the Mayor’s work in some areas, and completely unaccountable to Londoners. All this wasted effort cost the country over £15million a year.

The Conservatives have long called for GOL to be abolished and its functions either absorbed into other government departments or devolved to the Mayor. Within the first fortnight of the new government that is exactly what has been announced.

Now we need to get rid of the London Regional Select Committee which duplicates the work of the London Assembly.

5 responses to “Goodbye Government Office For London, you’re no longer needed

  1. [Raises hand]

    Yes, I know about GOL: I worked there for a few months.

    As originally devised ( by John Gummer) the Government Offices were a great idea, combining the regional structures of four separate ministries. The move saved alot of duplication and more, including my own job. I was made redundant.

    Labour changed them beyond all recognition, and now they are of little value.

    In London, of course, it's even more significant because of the mayoralty.

    It'll be a shame in some ways for GOL to go, but its time of being valuable has now passed…

  2. [Raises hand]

    Yes, I know about GOL: I worked there for a few months.

    As originally devised ( by John Gummer) the Government Offices were a great idea, combining the regional structures of four separate ministries. The move saved alot of duplication and more, including my own job. I was made redundant.

    Labour changed them beyond all recognition, and now they are of little value.

    In London, of course, it's even more significant because of the mayoralty.

    It'll be a shame in some ways for GOL to go, but its time of being valuable has now passed…

  3. So all those who worked for it are now no longer drawing salaries on the public purse? Somehow I don't think so. I suspect they are doing very little in new made up jobs in other government areas.

  4. So all those who worked for it are now no longer drawing salaries on the public purse? Somehow I don't think so. I suspect they are doing very little in new made up jobs in other government areas.

  5. The usual technique is to redeploy displaced staff into vacancies, rather than recruiting afresh.

    People are always leaving, retiring, occasionally incapacitated or dying while “in harness” (as the saying goes), so with a little notice it is generally easy enough to handle such changes.

    In my case, because I was paid an “ADP Allowance” which could not be carried forward to a new position, I was offered redundancy, which I took; but that was exceptional because of those circumstances.

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