The Evening Standard reports on a Civil Service People Survey which suggests an "employee engagement" score of 40% at the Department for Communities and Local Government. the average across Whitehall is 56%. This is interpreted as indicating morale is at "rock bottom."

But then the scale of staff reductions at the DCLG has been much greater than elsewhere. Th general idea of localism is that fewer civil servants are required issuing orders from the centre. In October 2010 there were 2,216 staff at the DCLG by November last year it was down to 1,398. Rather than delay they have got on with the difficult process.

Under the Department of Energy and Climate Change the number of civil servants is higher under Chris Huhne than it was under Ed Miliband. No doubt very good for morale.