‘The most powerful department in government will soon beat with a Darlington heart’ – Ben Houchen

Ben Houchen says the Tees Valley is no longer being “left behind” after Rishi Sunak confirmed Treasury North is heading to the region.

The government will relocate more than 22,000 civil servants out of London by 2030 as part of its levelling up agenda.

The move will see 750 senior civil servants move to Darlington and senior officials, including the chancellor, will spend a substantial amount of time in the town.

Tees Business sent a letter to Mr Sunak last month, signed by 115 businesses from the Tees region, urging him to relocate Treasury North the Tees region.

Darlington fought off tough competition from Newcastle, Leeds and Bradford but has emerged as the successful location for the Northern division of the Treasury.

Tees mayor Houchen said: “With the incredible announcement that Treasury North is coming to Darlington, hundreds of top Treasury jobs are heading to our region.

“For too long areas like Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool have been left behind and local people could be forgiven for thinking that we were often an afterthought. Well, that ends today.

“This move will put local priorities and local people from across our area at the heart of Government, as well as creating good quality, well-paid jobs for local people.

“Our children will grow up with the confidence that a top government job is within reach and that such a top career can be built right here in this great region.

“Over the last 12 months I’ve lobbied, badgered and harassed anyone who would listen. From Rishi Sunak and the Prime Minister to senior civil servants and MPs, we deserve a seat at the top table of Government and I’m proud to say that we were able to come up with an offer they couldn’t refuse. Our voice was heard.

“This shows that Rishi is a true Chancellor of the North. He’s a Chancellor that understands the old ways don’t work anymore. He knew we couldn’t continue to allow vital decisions affecting our area to be made by bureaucrats in London who have never travelled north of the Watford Gap.

“We’ve come through many trials and tribulations in recent years, but now is our time.”

Darlington confirmed as location for Treasury North