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DfT expands in Birmingham and Leeds

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will establish a second headquarters in Birmingham and a Northern hub in Leeds, as part of its ‘levelling-up’ plans to create 650 roles in the cities.

The government says the move is part of its “commitment to diversifying the civil service, ensuring decisions are rooted in the communities it serves”. 

By 2030, the government aims to move 22,000 civil service roles from London to communities across the UK. 

In Birmingham and Leeds, 100 roles have been created so far by the DfT, including senior civil servant positions who would have normally been based in London. 

Chris Heaton-Harris, transport minister, said: ”Our department has a key role to play in this government’s drive to level up across the country. Having hundreds more roles based outside of London will not only bring an economic boost for Birmingham and Leeds, but also ensure we are delivering the changes people around the country want.”

The DfT says the key to the success of its initiative is attracting senior figures to these locations.

In Birmingham, the headquarters will include new ministerial offices where ministers are expected to spend a “significant” amount of time. 

Maria Machancoses, CEO of Midlands Connect, said: ”Moving skilled jobs and ministerial offices out ofWestminster is an essential part of levelling up. Birmingham is home to a wealth of talent and transport knowledge, and I have no doubt this move will be a huge success.”

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