Hundreds of Civil Service jobs come to Wales under relocation plans
Hundreds of Civil Service jobs will be brought to Wales as part of the UK Government’s plans to accelerate the relocation of more than 20,000 Civil Service jobs outside London by 2027.
The plan to move 22,000 Civil Service roles away from the English capital by 2030 has been accelerated, with proposals to open a second headquarters for several departments in Aberdeen, Darlington and Greater Manchester.
More than 300 jobs will also be located in Wrexham as part of the plans, which ministers said was a sign of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.
The Department for Work and Pensions will recruit to fill 270 roles in the city, while the Ministry of Justice will put 50 officials in Wrexham.
Cabinet Office minister John Glen said: “We are taking the long-term decisions to move government roles out of London so more people from our great towns and cities can play a direct role in changing this country for the better.
“We have already gone above and beyond our targets, bringing the best talent from every corner of the UK into government roles, to make our civil service more efficient and representative of the wider public.”
The move follows the high-profile decision by the Treasury to open an economic campus in Darlington in 2021.
The Government has said the shifting of roles outside London will deliver economic benefits to regions across the country, while also strengthening the union.
Under the plans, the Department for Business and Trade will also open a second headquarters in Darlington, while the Department for Science will open one in Greater Manchester.
Aberdeen, at the centre of North Sea fossil fuel production, will become the second headquarters of the Department for Energy Security alongside Salford.
Moving civil servants from Whitehall has long been part of the levelling up agenda, with more than 16,000 moved so far.
But it has not been without criticism. The cross-party Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee warned earlier this year that the Government has provided limited detail to justify the moves while also exaggerating the success.
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