UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government wasting £10m renting empty office space says Teather

Press Release   •   Feb 01, 2010 11:02 GMT

The Government is spending £10m renting office space and then leaving it unoccupied, research by the Liberal Democrats has uncovered.

The figures, released in answer to Parliamentary Questions, shows that:

  • The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spent £4,717,000 on renting empty office space

  • Department of Health spent £2,922,500 on renting empty office space

  • The Department of Transport spent £1,095,000 on renting empty office space

  • The Government in total rented 53,495 square meters of empty office space

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister, Sarah Teather said:

“Either this Government is incompetent if it thinks £10m is small change.  It is completely unacceptable to spend taxpayers’ cash on renting nothing more than thin air. 

“We are in the middle of a housing crisis, yet Gordon Brown chooses to pour millions into a big black hole.  This is an astonishing betrayal of the thousands of families across the UK without a home.

“This kind of shameful waste simply cannot be allowed to go on.  Government departments need to wake up and stop leaking taxpayers’ money like a sieve.”