A NEW website has been launched letting members of the public see for the first time what government property is available to buy or rent.
Find Me Some Government Space operates similarly to commercial sites such as Rightmove in that the public will be able to find available property using either a postcode or area keyword.
The website will open up more than 300 properties available to rent and about 900 currently available to buy across Great Britain.
Property available includes county court and magistrates court buildings in Dewsbury and land at Thornhill Viaduct in Brighouse.
Chloe Smith (pictured), Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, said: “We’re making the civil service more efficient and cutting waste.
“As a result we will have a number of properties both owned and rented that we need to do more with.
“Not only will this website help to save government money, but we will see new opportunities, jobs and growth in local economies as new life is brought into empty, unused properties.”
Users will be able to access the site via the new government website to search for property to purchase or rent from the government. Property will be displayed with photos and building guides where available.
The National Property Controls introduced by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, which stop signing of new leases and renewals of existing leases, have already reduced costs by £362m for the period from May, 2010, to September, 2012.
Additionally, more than £640m has been raised in capital receipts by selling more than 250 surplus buildings during the 20 months from May, 2010.