Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has officially unveiled the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) second headquarters in Wolverhampton, the first of its kind outside of London.
The headquarters will, for the first time, have a regular Ministerial presence outside of the capital, with the government stating that it demonstrates their commitment to levelling up all areas of the country.
MHCLG plays a key role in supporting communities unlock their full economic potential, and the new office, based in the i9 building in the heart of Wolverhampton, will help create jobs throughout the West Midlands.
Recruitment is happening at pace in Wolverhampton and across the wider region for a range of roles and levels, ranging from entry grade to senior civil servants.
With a mixture of new recruits and staff choosing to relocate to the new office, MHCLG plans to have between 150 and 250 people based here by April next year, with preparations under way to welcome staff to the new headquarters.
Commenting, Mr Jenrick said:
“I am thrilled that our second headquarters in the i9 building in Wolverhampton has now been officially unveiled and we look forward to welcoming staff to the office and working here myself along with our other Ministers.
“We are levelling up all across the country and our headquarters in the heart of Wolverhampton will bring hundreds of exciting jobs to the city and drive growth across the region.”
The government said the new headquarters will provide an opportunity to bring people with different experiences and ideas into the Civil Service and provide improved employment opportunities for those in Wolverhampton and across the West Midlands.
They also said that local voices are vital to influence the creation and delivery of government policy.
By moving hundreds of roles out of Westminster, the government said they are providing a unique opportunity to develop and expand the UK Civil Service by bringing decision-making into the regions that they serve.