Home Office wastes cash on empty units

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THOUSANDS of pounds of public money has been spent by the Government paying for empty offices in Rugby.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), which is funded by the Home Office, moved out of premises in Webb Ellis Business Park near Railway Terrace in 2008 - but have spent money in rental payments since as no new tenant has been found.

The units became available in June 2010, and is listed by estate agents to rent at £47,669 per annum.

The Government is likely to be paying more than that as that figure excludes rates and an estate charge meaning the final figure could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds spread over five years.

A spokesman for Soca said the agency does not comment on its premises due to the nature of its work, but he did say Soca’s arrangements were nothing out of the ordinary for a Government department of its type.

Reductions in Government spending have led to several cuts in services in Warwickshire, including closures of several youth clubs in Rugby, reduced time tables and reductions in police officer numbers.

Details of the units in the business park can be found on govermentbuildings.co.uk.