Cabinet Office to move 500 jobs to Glasgow by 2024on March 12, 2021 at 8:08 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

An internal letter says the UK government department could establish a secondary headquarters in Scotland by 2024.

Cabinet office

image copyrightGetty Images

The Cabinet Office is to move at least 500 civil servant jobs to Glasgow by 2024 to work at a new secondary headquarters, the BBC understands.

An internal letter at Michel Gove’s department said it would “strengthen its commitment to Scotland”.

The jobs include senior roles and ministers would be expected to spend “some time” in Scotland.

It comes amid ongoing efforts by the UK government to bolster support for the union.

The Financial Times reported one official as saying the move would “bring the engine room of the UK government to Scotland”.

A number of other government offices are expected to set up headquarters in other parts of the UK.

These include offices for the Treasury in Darlington and for Housing, Communities and Local Government in Wolverhampton.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “Decision makers should be close to the people they serve and we want to see opportunity, jobs and investment fairly distributed across the country.

“That’s why we’ve committed to relocating civil service roles out of central London, building on the thousands of civil servants we already have working across the United Kingdom.”

Details of the move to Glasgow came in a letter to staff from Alex Chisholm, permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.

The department, which has the role of supporting the prime minister and cabinet, currently employs about 8,500 staff.

A large number of civil servants already work close to Glasgow, as the Department for International Development (now part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) has for many years been based in East Kilbride.

The Scottish Conservatives’ conference is taking place this weekend, as the party prepares for the Holyrood election on 6 May.

The Financial Times reported that Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove is expected to visit Scotland next week

- Advertisement -

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

With coronavirus and locust plague, ‘nature is sending us a message,’ says UN environment head

Humanity is placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences, including the deadly COVID-19 and the yet unrealized fallout from accelerating...

‘A lot of my anger was pain and unhappiness – we have to break the cycle of abuse’on May 6, 2021 at 5:04 am

In a new documentary, former England, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Ham striker Ian Wright shares his own story of growing up in a...

When does the stamp duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland end?on March 3, 2021 at 1:19 pm

The chancellor has announced an extension to the stamp duty holiday?image copyrightGetty ImagesThe stamp duty holiday has been extended for three months, Chancellor Rishi...

DUP leadership: The city at the centre of the unionist universeon May 14, 2021 at 12:52 am

As the DUP prepares to select a new leader, Chris Page says the party has detected worrying signs.The symbols of unionism are never far...

Mesothelioma Treatment – A Brief History

Mesothelioma Treatment - A Brief HistoryMesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the chest or abdomen. It is caused by exposure to...