UK public servants to get smaller desks

(FT.Com): Civil servants within the Treasury are to sit at smaller desks closer together in order to squeeze hundreds of workers from elsewhere in Whitehall into the building. The attempt to sub-let part of 1 Horse Guards Road, just off St James’ Park, is the latest austerity measure by George Osborne as the coalition insists on hairshirt measures government-wide. About 1,700 people currently occupy the building, working both for the Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce. The chancellor believes that by more judicious use of space it will be possible to add hundreds more.

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