Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen is urging businesses and local people to get behind his plans to bring ‘Treasury North’ to Teesside by signing a petition calling on the government to relocate the jobs to the region.
The government is looking to move 22,000 civil servants out of London by 2030 in the biggest reorganisation of the Civil Service ever seen.
Since the plans were announced by the Prime Minister, mayor Houchen says he has been in talks with Downing Street, the Cabinet Office and the Treasury to secure the new government centre for the region.
The new government economic campus, dubbed ‘Treasury North’ would see 750 senior Treasury civil servant jobs relocated to Teesside from the capital.
Along with senior civil service government ministers, including the Chancellor, will be expected to spend time at the new offices.
Mayor Houchen said: “In every discussion I’ve had with the government I’ve made it clear that the Treasury jobs need to come to Teesside.
“I do not have a preference where the new Treasury North campus goes, as long as it comes to Teesside.
“The whole point of moving senior civil servants out of the capital is to dramatically change their outlook and better inform policy, something that simply will not happen if they move to another metropolitan city such as Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle.
“The centre of power needs to reflect and be based in communities that are most affected by lack of investment and locating it here will lead to more investment and better outcomes for local people.
“Now is the time for everyone in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to work together to convince the government Treasury North needs to come here.
“That’s why I am launching a petition so that those who will make the final decision know just how important this will be for everyone who lives in the region.
“I urge every business owner and every local person to sign my petition and share it so our voice is heard loudly by the government.”