The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency has announced the closure and relocation of five administrative sites around the country in order to cut costs.
The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has announced the closure and relocation of five administrative sites around the country in order to cut costs. However, the agency is keen to reassure customers that services will not be compromised.
A spokesman for the agency said: “By making such savings the impact of the spending review on frontline delivery services can be lessened.”
Offices that will be relocated during the coming financial year include:
- The AHVLA inspector’s office in Poole, Dorset,
- Beaumont House in Northampton, and
- Sitka House in Shrewsbury.
Staff currently based at Plymouth and Chelmsford will also be moved, although the agency is yet to disclose where to.
The changes are being made according to DEFRA‘s Estates Strategy Programme, which is charged with reducing the department’s estate running costs by 33% over the next three years.
“Reducing the cost of property overheads is a key area for making necessary savings,” the spokesman said. “As different government organisations have estate in similar locations with surplus capacity it is possible to relocate staff to nearby locations without impacting on service delivery.”
The AHVLA is also working to identify other properties with a lease end during the 2011/2012 year and review the relocation of staff from these sites.