Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
London; Inner London;
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

287 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 August 2010
Employment effect (start)
3 August 2010
Foreseen end date


The government is to cut 287 advertising and marketing jobs from the Central Office of Information (COI) as part of its financial savings plan. Staff are being offered voluntary redundancy but it is anticipated that there will need to be compulsory job losses. A 90 day consultation period has begun.

Julie Flanagan, a negotiator for the Prospect union, said: "We are disappointed by today's news that will result in the loss of two-fifths of COI's staff, employed not only in the capital but in major cities throughout the UK. We are deeply disappointed that the Cabinet Office has indicated to COI that redundancy payments must be capped at 15 months' pay in line with terms due to be introduced as part of the government's forthcoming bill."

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said "I know that tough decisions like this one have difficult consequences, and the COI's restructuring announcement today is evidence of that, but it is incredibly important that we keep pushing to make government as efficient as possible."  No details were given on the number currently employed, or when the cuts would be made by.



Eurofound (2010), Central Office of Information, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70811, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70811.