Surplus land and property in Scunthorpe sold off by Government
Land and property no longer required by the Civil Service - including a driving test centre in Scunthorpe - has been sold and has raised £62 million for taxpayers in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, today (March 13, 2013), announced that government departments have raised more than £1 billion for the taxpayer since May 2010, by selling property and land no longer required by the Civil Service.
Scunthorpe Driving Test Centre was one of the properties which was sold in the region.
Francis Maude said: "It's remarkable that the government was paying for property that it just wasn't using.
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"That kind of waste is always unacceptable – but is completely unjustifiable when we are trying to reduce the deficit and get ahead in the global race.
"In the past, government took out expensive leases at the taxpayer's expense on new properties even though freehold space was under-used or even empty.
"Our strategy is to get out of expensive leases and concentrate on the properties we actually own.
"Since the General Election, we have slashed wasteful spend on buildings and negotiated great money making deals.
"The £1 billion we have saved the taxpayer represents £60 for every working family.
"Now we have reached this milestone, we will push ahead with a new phase of cross-government work to encourage all officials to work more flexibly to reduce our dependency on expensive public sector buildings and save the taxpayer even more."