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1,000 jobs to move from London to Scotland

Michael Gove

Michael Gove: jobs from his department heading north

UPDATED 15 MARCH: At least 1,000 civil service jobs will move to Scotland from London under measures to spread the work of the UK government.

Half the jobs will relocate to Glasgow from Michael Gove’s Cabinet Office over the next three years.

A similar number will transfer from the Foreign Office jobs to the department’s existing base in East Kilbride, bringing the Foreign Office’s staff in the town to 1,500 by 2025.

The move of jobs will be another conspicuous attempt to strengthen the union and UK ministers would be expected to spend some time north of the border.

Branches of other government departments are being set up outside London. There will be offices for the Treasury in Darlington and an outpost of 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 Cabinet Office 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.

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