The "State of the Estate in 2022-23"

Cabinet Office written statement – made am ar 19 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

I have today laid before Parliament, pursuant to Section 86 of the Climate Change Act 2008, the “State of the Estate in 2022-23”. This report describes the progress made on improving the efficiency and sustainability of the central government estate and, where relevant, records the progress that Government has made since the previous year. The report is published on an annual basis, and this year highlights the following progress:

Government reduced its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 39%, compared to the 17-18 baseline, with reductions in energy consumption saving the government an estimated £163 million compared to the 17-18 baseline.

Government as a whole reduced total waste by 16% from the 2017-18 baseline, exceeding the 15% target. In total 5% of departmental waste was sent to landfill which therefore met the target of 5% maximum.

The Government Property Agency Government Hubs have continued to grow in number during 2022-23, with the opening of Peterborough, Quay House, which brings together departments into this shared location, making more efficient use of space. Sixteen hubs are now in operation, with a combined floorspace of ~ 330,000m2, located in all four nations of the United Kingdom, providing a network of shared modern workspaces for the UK Civil Service.

Through the Places for Growth commitment, by March 2023, 12,075 roles had been relocated outside of London, (this increased to 18,283 by 31 December 2023). This exceeds the programme’s interim 2025 milestone set out in the Levelling Up White Paper of relocating 15,000 roles by 2025.

We are also seeing significant savings being achieved, demonstrating our commitment to running the UK estate in as efficient a manner as possible. We have disposed of no longer needed properties worth more than £1 billion, returning that money to the taxpayer to be reinvested.

Across Government and the wider public sector, services are delivering real improvements through more imaginative and integrated estate design, through encouraging co-location and more efficient use of space. By 2030 government property will have significantly contributed to economic growth, and supported improving the quality of public services, while at the same time helping to transform places and communities.