After months of lobbying, it has been confirmed that 200 new Cabinet Office jobs are set to move to York in addition to the 400 Cabinet Office jobs already located in the city.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the City of York Council, commented:
“Following months of lobbying, I welcome the confirmation that Government will be moving 200 Cabinet Office jobs and investment to York as a part of the wider civil service relocation programme.
“As we await details, including future announcements of civil service jobs, we continue to liaise with Government officials and work with regional and national partners to secure the opportunity to create more higher paid and skilled jobs in the city.
“York is rightly recognised as one of the best places to live and visit in the UK and is renowned for its diverse culture and rich heritage. The quality of the York Central site is amongst the best in the North of England, with excellent transport links connecting us to the rest of the UK. Our city’s strong cultural scene, combined with a strong technology and science sector, means York has much to offer to any relocated government function.
“Whilst this is excellent news, job relocations alone don’t constitute a Northern strategy that would bring together policy and meaningful investment for the region. I look forwarding to seeing the promises made to our city, region and the North, to level up, being delivered.”