Civil servants should be moved out of London but not the wider southeast as the government looks to relocate 15,000 civil servants, a government adviser said today.

Five central London postcodes should be singled out for the next wave of civil service relocations, former Reed Elsevier chief executive Ian Smith has said.

Civil servants in the southeast outside London will not to be targeted for the recommended 15,000 civil service moves over the next five years.

Smith published a review of civil service relocation alongside Budget 2010.

In a fundamental shift in relocation thinking, Smith said at a briefing today that 2004’s Lyons Review focused too strongly on posts throughout the southeast.

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