Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Two key city-centre sites set to regeneration boost
The Cabinet Office has announced that two key city-centre sites are to be regenerated as part of a government programme designed to boost regional growth and save taxpayers’ money.
Developments in Birmingham and Peterborough will provide city centre bases for thousands of civil servants in a boost to local businesses, with funding provided as part of the Government’s Hubs programme which promotes regional growth and saves taxpayers’ money.
The programme has so far seen the development of 14 office hubs around the country, providing civil servants with state-of-the-art working environments designed to boost efficiency and drive savings through increased efficiency. Government Hubs bring together different departments under one roof - moving civil servants to inner-city sites located close to public transport connections, local amenities and shops.
The new hubs in Peterborough and Birmingham will be a massive boost to local businesses who can look forward to increased footfall and a combined 2,700 civil servants using the local amenities. The Birmingham hub alone is set to save taxpayers an annual £6 million annually through improved efficiency.
Simon Hart, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office, said: “The opening of these new hubs is great news for local businesses in Birmingham and Peterborough. Developing Government Hubs helps to bring forward vital regeneration projects across the country and boost local economies. It also makes sure government workers have the best possible facilities and saves taxpayers’ money by replacing outdated office blocks which are expensive to maintain with more modern facilities.”
The Birmingham Hub, the second hub to be announced in the city, will be based at Platform 21 and, from 2021, will be home to about 1,700 civil servants. In Peterborough, a development on the Fletton Quays site, close to the city centre, will provide space for about 1,000 government employees who will move into the building in 2021.