Decision details

Office Co-Location with Department of Work & Pensions (Agenda Item 15)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To obtain agreement to co-locate with the Department of Work and Pensions at Elizabeth House, Dereham and Breckland Business Centre, Thetford via leasing office space.

Decision:

That Option 1 be authorised and the Council enter into leasehold agreements with the Department for Work and Pensions for office space at Elizabeth House, Dereham and Breckland Business Centre, Thetford.

Reasons for the decision:

1.     Transformation: Customers and residents benefit from the need to have reduced levels of engagement and multiple visits to several locations and the broad aim is to achieve more with less transforming the way the public access public services.  DWP has an advanced digitalisation agenda and anticipates more digital engagement with customers both online and within its premises.  This project is part of the Council’s Transformation Programme.

 

2.     One Public Estate: The Council’s Transformation key themes include Digitalisation and One Public Estate.  The One Public Estate programme was launched in June 2013.  It is designed to allow local authorities to work with central government and local agencies to release assets and share land and property information across the public sector. Its objectives are to (1) Deliver more integrated customer focused services (2) Create economic growth (3) Reduce running costs (4) Generate capital receipts.

Alternative options considered:

1.     Enter into leasehold agreements with the Department for Work and Pensions for office space at Elizabeth House, Dereham and Breckland Business Centre, Thetford.

 

2.     Do not enter in to the leasehold arrangements and cease negotiations to co-locate DWP within the Council’s property assets.

Report author: Ralph Burton

Publication date: 23/09/2015

Date of decision: 22/09/2015

Decided at meeting: 22/09/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 01/10/2015

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