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Sir Bob Kerslake axed by Cameron

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Housing, Local Government

DCLG top dog losses job in Cameron's reshuffle DCLG top dog losses job in Cameron's reshuffle

The head of the civil service, Sir Bob Kerslake, has been axed by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Earlier this month, Sir Bob, who is also the Department for Communities and Local Government's permanent secretary, admitted that the business case for the government's troubled universal credit system had not yet been approved by the Treasury, with the department releasing funds on a piecemeal basis.

Days later, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith was forced to admit in the House of Commons that Sir Bob's comments were accurate.

So far, Eric Pickles, currently the head of the DCLG, remains in his role.

Commenting on Twitter, BBC reporter Allegra Stratton said she had been informed that the civil servant had been moved because of his ability in the role.

She tweeted: Confirmed to @BBCNewsnight that Bob Kerslake, head of the civil service, is it of his job for poor performance I am told (sic)."

And Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, used Twitter to ask: "Has @SirBobKerslake been sacked for telling the truth?"

Meanwhile, Angela Smith, Labour MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge, suggested that Cameron had removed the wrong man.

She tweeted: "So Bob Kerslake, as a civil servant, hasn't performed well enough, but Ian Duncan Smith, as a politician, deserves to keep his job? Really?"

Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, believes that the move may have a big effect on housing. She tweeted: "Cabinet reshuffle & Sir Bob Kerslake departure may have profound impacts for housing in run up to election we'll be commenting."

Sir Bob took up his post at the DCLG in November 2010 and was made head of the civil service in 2012.

Beginning his career in local government with the Greater London Council, he has been chief executive of both the Homes and Communities Agency and Sheffield City Council, and director of finance at the London Borough of Hounslow.

He also spent seven years as chief executive of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA).

Sir Bob has also been a non-executive board member at the DCLG and was a member of both the Equalities Review Panel and the National Employment Panel.

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