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Total change in civil service employees, 2006-21

Looking at the changing location of civil servants since the Civil Service Statistics were first published in 2006, we can see that, despite the efforts of the Lyons Review, the last 15 years have largely been an exercise in centralisation. London has seen civil service headcount increase by 50% over that timescale, more than four times the rate of growth of any other region. Most other regions currently have a lower headcount than they did in 2006, and those that have lost civil servants are generally the least prosperous regions.

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