Treasury will relocate more jobs to Darlington campus

Darlington has been chosen as the permanent basis for the government’s Economic Campus, as part of plans to move government departments out of London.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, announced the permanent location for the Economic Campus during a visit to Darlington.

The campus will be located at Brunswick Street and is a key part of the government’s commitment to diversify policy making and levelling up across the country.

Currently there are 130 Treasury staff based at the Darlington campus, and this number will increase to 300 Treasury jobs by 2025.  This is part of the government’s levelling-up policy, which was first set out in the 2019 Conservative party manifesto, with the aim of boosting economic areas across the UK.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, said: ‘It was great to work from the Darlington Economic Campus yesterday and announce the Treasury’s new permanent office at the heart of the town.

‘We are levelling up across the UK, tapping into the extraordinary talent in towns across the country and I am eager to see more Treasury roles in Darlington.’

Alongside the Treasury, the campus will accommodate teams from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Department for Education, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Office for National Statistics and Competition and Markets Authority.

Over 6,000 civil service roles have already moved out of London to support the government’s levelling up drive.

‘People in all parts of this great country have a right to be at the heart of government decision-making and we are delivering on that promise by moving up to 300 Treasury roles to Darlington by 2025,’ Zahawi added.

The campus supports the wider Places for Growth programme which aims to move 22,000 civil service jobs out of London and the southeast by 2030.

Director general of tax and welfare, Beth Russell, said: ‘The campus allows us to tap into a diverse range of skills and talent within the region, giving us a new perspective on the issues we are working on. Our staff here are working at the heart of today’s biggest policy challenges – tackling cost of living issues, energy policy and support for Ukraine.’

As established in the levelling up white paper, more departments have made commitments to move roles out of London including the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), confirming that they will move hundreds of roles across the UK.

The Department for International Trade will be moving 774 roles by 2030, with over 500 being located in Darlington.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor, stated: ‘This is a fantastic next step, with Darlington more ready than ever to welcome even more well-paid, good quality civil service jobs, proving you can stay local and go far, without having to relocate to a big city for a rewarding career.’

The campus will provide a range of roles from apprenticeships, senior leaders, office support and analytics, to project management and policy-making.

 

 

 

 

Max Austin |Reporter, Accountancy Daily 

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