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Government Office for London axed by coalition

 Government Office for London
The Gol aimed "to achieve high and stable levels of growth in the capital"

The Government Office for London (Gol) is to be scrapped under plans set out by the coalition government.

The office, which was set up in 1994, spends almost £20m a year on services such as crime prevention and community projects for the capital.

The government has not yet set a date for the closure of the office, which has 200 staff.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said it would "save a lot of money by abolishing it".

He added: "We are pulling things together to offer a way in which the mayor has more control for the destiny of the capital.

"But we're also looking to ensure the boroughs get a fair deal out of this."

MP Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for London, said: "What we are proposing doing is more efficient, is a better use of taxpayers' money and could save something like £12m in terms of admin costs."

The Mayor of London's office did not comment on the plans and the Labour Party are yet to comment on the proposed closure.

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