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Civil Service: Location

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on implementing the Places for Growth programme.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Places for Growth programme seeks to deliver the Government’s commitment to move Civil Service roles and public bodies out of London and the South East of England. This commitment was set out in the Conservative Party Manifesto of 2017 and then restated in the Industrial Strategy White Paper and the Government Estates Strategy (July 2018).

The Cabinet Office is supporting departments and public bodies to identify opportunities for relocation of roles to cities across the regions and nations of the United Kingdom. The Programme is providing support and coordination across Whitehall to move roles and organisations to locations that have the skills and capacity to enable organisations and cities to flourish.

The Programme is also engaging with city leaders across the UK to understand the local economic and industrial priorities which will inform the decision-making process.

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