Charity Commission's Liverpool office to relocate in bid to halve costs

The regulator's Liverpool staff will next week move from Princes Dock in the city centre to Redgrave Court in Bootle

Redgrave Court, Bootle
Redgrave Court, Bootle

The Charity Commission’s Liverpool office – the regulator’s largest site with more than 160 staff – will relocate to a new site to the north of the city as the commission aims to cut its office costs in half.

The commission’s Liverpool employees, who are mainly part of its operations functions, including its contact centre, monitoring and investigative teams, will move from the existing site in Princes Dock in central Liverpool to Redgrave Court in Bootle on 9 February. The Bootle office is about three miles north of Princes Dock.

The new office, which will operate a hot-desk policy, will have a ratio of slightly more than six desks for every 10 employees, a spokeswoman for the commission said.

The commission will be on the same site as organisations including the Health and Safety Executive, the conciliation service Acas and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. It will also be near to HM Revenue & Custom’s Gift Aid section.

"The lease on the commission’s current Liverpool office ends in spring 2015, so it had to move," the spokeswoman said. "Government policy is for departments to make more effective use of the civil estate, to share buildings and avoid renewing commercial leases."

The spokeswoman said the commission aimed to reduce its accommodation costs by 50 per cent by the financial year 2016/17 and save about £1m in the process. She said it had a more flexible agreement at the Bootle offices than under its long-term lease in Princes Dock.

She said: "In line with wider government policy, the commission has adopted more agile working practices over the past few years to help it reduce accommodation costs and give its staff more flexibility about how they do their jobs."

The new office will cost £450,000 a year, the spokeswoman said.

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