Devon County Council staff to 'hot-desk' to save millions
A multi-million pound saving scheme at Devon County Council could see its staff no longer guaranteed their own desks.
The authority wants to sell off 28 properties over five years to save more than £10m a year in running costs.
Employees would have to share desks, work from non-council properties or from home, but no staff members would lose their jobs.
The strategy will aim to deliver reductions of 29% in running costs and 35%in occupied floor space by 2017.
In a report the council said it needed to make the savings to meet "significant budget pressure".
The report added: "A 'do nothing' option cannot be considered, as the costs of running and managing the property estate will need to be reduced significantly."
A Devon County Council spokesperson said: "By 2017 we want to reduce the occupied floor space of County Council buildings by 35%.
"We will be making better use of the space we have available by continuing to introduce more flexible working facilities which will allow any member of staff to work at any location.
"Some buildings will be surplus to requirements and we will look to dispose of these to provide revenue savings, reduce our carbon footprint, protect against rising energy costs, reduce our maintenance liability and generate money to fund capital projects across the county."
The council, which employs about 6,000 staff operating out of about 300 buildings around the county, is set to discuss the plans tomorrow.
During the past three years, the council said it had disposed of nearly £10m worth of properties through improved use of existing buildings, co-location with other services and agencies, and identifying buildings surplus to its requirements.