A new Ministry of Justice office is set to be opened in Nottingham as part of its levelling up agenda, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has announced.
It is set to be opened as a part of the new ‘Justice Collaboration Centres’ – and will see regional offices opened in Nottingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Liverpool, South Tyneside, Ipswich, and Brighton.
The scheme plans to see 22,000 roles moving out of London – into other areas of England and Wales by 2030 as part of the governments ‘Places for Growth’ campaign.
Secretary of State for Justice Mr Raab said: “This Government is committed to spreading opportunity more equally across communities and tackling regional inequalities.
“By having more of our staff based outside London we can recruit the best people wherever they live so that the justice system benefits from more diverse backgrounds, outlooks and experience.”
Almost 70 per cent of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) workforce is already outside of the capital and the south east, and this new move will continue that trend with 2,000 roles in areas such as finance and human resource being moved out by 2030. A total of 500 of them will be in Wales.
The plan is aiming to level up other communities across the UK – and move away from the previous focus on central London.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, said: “It’s brilliant to see the Ministry of Justice is offering increased opportunities around the UK with the opening of seven new offices across in England and Wales, a clear demonstration of the government’s ambition to level up local communities by delivering long-term career prospects to their area rather than the previous heavy concentration on central London.”
The North East Cambridgeshire MP also had praise for the Places for Growth programme, claiming that it’ll bring the higher-ups at Westminster closer to their constituents.
“Through our Places for Growth Scheme, we are bringing more opportunities and decision-making closer to the communities we serve,” he added.