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Stripping civil servants of the extra pay they receive for working in London could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

No 10 is determined to drag Whitehall out of its post-Covid malaise by forcing mandarins out of their home offices and back into city centres.

In an article for The Mail on Sunday last week, Jacob Rees-Mogg – the Minister charged with reversing the work-from-home culture – implied that civil servants based in the capital could see their London weighting pay subsidies scrapped if they do not return to work for the majority of the week.

According to calculations by the TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group, removing the subsidy – which is awarded to offset the higher cost of living in the capital – from those who work from home three days a week or more would save up to £250 million.

If such a move was imposed, it would affect many working at the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions, who are currently being asked to go into the office for just two days a week.

Stripping civil servants of the extra pay they receive for working in London could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds, but No 10 is determined to drag Whitehall back into office. Jacob Rees-Mogg, pictured, is charged with reversing the work-from-home culture

Stripping civil servants of the extra pay they receive for working in London could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds, but No 10 is determined to drag Whitehall back into office. Jacob Rees-Mogg, pictured, is charged with reversing the work-from-home culture

Stripping civil servants of the extra pay they receive for working in London could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds, but No 10 is determined to drag Whitehall back into office. Jacob Rees-Mogg, pictured, is charged with reversing the work-from-home culture

The Cabinet Office last night insisted that the estimate was too high because more London-based civil servants are going into work for the majority or all of the time. But Tory MPs welcomed the idea.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, said: ‘If they simply refuse to come back to work for the majority of the week surely London weighting should be removed. They are paid to come into work, and if they are not, they should not get that money.’

Danielle Boxall, media manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis want to know they are getting value for money from the Civil Service. If mandarins insist on going remote long-term, officials must make savings.’

If such a move was imposed, it would affect many working at the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (offices in London pictured), who are currently being asked to go into the office for just two days a week

If such a move was imposed, it would affect many working at the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (offices in London pictured), who are currently being asked to go into the office for just two days a week

If such a move was imposed, it would affect many working at the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (offices in London pictured), who are currently being asked to go into the office for just two days a week

Using data from the 2016 Trust for London and Loughborough University Centre for Research in Social Policy report, ‘London Weighting and London Costs’, which details the average public sector top up for the capital, the lobbying group estimates that £251,012,767 could be saved if a three-day rule was imposed.

For each Civil Service pay band, apart from ‘senior’ civil servants, the difference between national and London salaries is about £4,000.

Meanwhile, updated figures from across Whitehall show that in the week beginning April 18, the Cabinet Office and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office had fewer staff in the office than before the pandemic.

Asked about the TaxPayers’ Alliance analysis, a Government spokesman said: ‘These figures are inaccurate and misleading about pay for civil servants in London.’

COUNCIL’S £9M EMPTY PROMISE 

By Molly Clayton 

A multi-million-pound council headquarters has been left largely empty after staff were asked to return to their desks for just one day a fortnight, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

York House opened after a taxpayer-funded £9.6 million refurbishment in 2019, with Windsor and Maidenhead Council claiming it would allow for a ‘significant’ customer-facing office, including a residents’ services hub for visitors to discuss issues in person with the 300 staff members based there.

But three years on, the council’s flexible working policy has left the building empty, with residents dealing with lengthy waits on the telephone and an unreliable online complaints system.

A visit on Friday by The Mail on Sunday found the building largely deserted and the dedicated council worker car parking spaces nearby all empty.

A council source said: ‘When the opportunity arose to let out the ground floor at York House, the reception was closed based on its low usage. That decision was taken prior to the pandemic.’

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