Regional Planning and Development: Civil Servants

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 27th May 2022.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed reduction of 90,000 civil servants on the levelling up missions for the English regions.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government is committed to supporting places and communities across the UK to realise their potential, delivering real change to people's lives through our core levelling up missions.

Through the Places for Growth programme, we will move 22,000 civil service roles out of London to places around the UK by 2030. We have already established a new economic campus in Darlington, a Home Office hub in Stoke and DLUHC's second headquarters in Wolverhampton. This will help to ensure that a broader range of voices are involved in national policymaking and that the Civil Service is more representative of the communities it serves.

Details of plans to improve the efficiency of the Civil Service will be announced in the usual way.

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