Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: York

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st December 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has plans to move civil servant jobs in (a) her Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies and government agencies associated with her Department to York.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

(a) DCMS currently has no plans to move civil servant jobs in the department to York.

(b) DCMS currently has no plans to move further jobs in its non-departmental public bodies and government agencies to York. However, Historic England currently has 80 employees working out of its office in York and under its current recruitment policy it can consider any of its regional offices for most roles when it recruits. Historic England therefore expects its number of employees in York to increase by 2025.

As part of Budget 2020, the government committed to relocating 22,000 Civil Service roles from Greater London to locations across the UK, including York, with the Places for Growth Portfolio delivering on this commitment.

We will decide on our locations taking into account a range of factors including our operating models, workforce and location analysis. We will select places that we judge to have the skills, transport links and capacity to meet our needs and flourish in our chosen locations, as well as ensuring locations are suitable for the long term success and sustainability of the Civil Service.

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