CPS South West statement on proposed closure of Gloucester office

14/10/2013

The CPS, like most Government departments, has been required to make savings in its overall budget by 2014.

We are making these savings through a number of different methods, ensuring we are working as efficiently as possible, while protecting frontline teams.

One of the key ways in which to make the required savings is through reducing our estate nationally. Property is the third largest area of costs for the CPS and is therefore a key area in which we can demonstrate value for money, while ensuring our estate supports our business requirements. 

The CPS is therefore moving towards a smaller, more affordable and more efficient estate capable of servicing our needs. Moving to fewer buildings will also generate significant IT savings.

The lease on the current Gloucester office expires in March 2015.

On Monday 14 October, the CPS will launch an internal consultation during which staff will have the opportunity to provide feedback on proposals for CPS accommodation in Gloucester. We can confirm that it proposes an earlier closing date than March 2015, which would benefit the organisation operationally and financially. We cannot stress enough that this is merely a proposal at this stage.

There are currently around 30 members of staff in the Gloucester office, a mixture of legal and administrative staff. There are no plans for compulsory redundancy.

We are unable to comment on anything further until the results of the consultation are known. Our move to digital working will enable us to prepare files from anywhere in the South West, regardless of which court the case is destined for. By bringing staff together in fewer but larger locations and by reducing our spend on accommodation, we will continue to deliver an effective prosecution service across the South West.

The CPS will maintain a presence in local courts across the South West through the Advocates who will continue to present cases at court as they do now.