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Housing department to open up a Midlands headquarters

The Government will open a second headquarters for the housing department in Wolverhampton it has revealed.

Currently, no department has ministers that regularly work outside of Whitehall.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will be the first to do so at the new Midlands base.

The move supports Boris Johnson’s promise to do more to create opportunities outside of London.

The prime minister’s so-called “levelling-up agenda” followed his landslide victory in 2019, in which parts of the north of England, the Midlands and northern Wales voted Tory after historically always voting Labour.

Robert Jenrick, communities secretary, says that at least 500 roles will be based across the West Midlands by 2025.

Civil servants will also work from the new Wolverhampton headquarters.

Recruitment is already underway, the department says, and it expects to announce the building for the headquarters in spring.

Fourty roles have been relocated to the region in the last year.

Mr Jenrick said: “With a dual headquarters in Wolverhampton my department will not only change where we work but how we work, signalling the end of the Whitehall knows best approach.

“All of us at the department are looking forward to having the opportunity to work there.

“In choosing the city of Wolverhampton we are also backing our great smaller cities, some of which have been neglected for too long.

“We want to raise their stature, encourage civic pride and commercial success.”

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