Plans to bring nearly 4,000 government jobs to Birmingham will be 'huge boost for city', says mayor

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The ‘Birmingham 3’ civil service hub – a specialist transport office – is on track to open between 2027 and 2028

A massive Government project to bring nearly 4,000 civil service jobs to Birmingham as part of its ‘levelling up’ plans will give the city the huge boost it needs.

That’s the verdict of both West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Cabinet Office minister John Glen MP following confirmation the ‘Birmingham 3’ civil service hub – a specialist transport office – is on track to open between 2027 and 2028.

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Officials are still searching for a suitable city-centre location for ‘Birmingham 3’ which will add to the city’s other two government hubs: 23 Stephenson Street and HM Revenue and Customs’ office at Arena Central, near the Hyatt Regency hotel.

‘Birmingham 3’ will house up to 4,000 officials from both the Department of Transport and National Highways, alongside other departments. The city, meanwhile, is already home to 27 UK government organisations.

Mr Glen MP, Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said: “The civil service is moving out of London with a significant number of jobs moving here to Birmingham and the West Midlands. We’re on track to meet the target we set ourselves which is to have 22,000 jobs to move out of London by 2030.

“In Birmingham, we’ve got 16 departments represented, 27 government organisations and 32,500 jobs here. We’ve got great collaborations with transport infrastructure hubs and local government and the Department for Transport working together on some of the investments with Mayor Andy Street.

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“There are high-quality, civil service jobs here in Birmingham for local young people to aspire to grow their careers and to work and live here. It’s good for the local economy – there will be the civil service, private entrepreneurs and people working in the hospitals and in the wider public sector but it’s important we don’t think that the government is all based in London.

“Part of the reason for giving more of the decision making to local mayors like Andy Street is because we believe local people should have more control over their lives – and that means having people who will deliver their government services also working locally and not done unto them from London and the south east.”

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Mr Street added: “This really matters that we’ve got critical parts of government here giving people opportunities. We’ve already had an increase in 2,000 jobs from the civil service since 2018 and the government has confirmed that the third hub will be built here in Birmingham which will house around 4,000 people. This is all about job opportunities – but not just jobs, careers here in the West Midlands.

“Jobs in the civil service are important – housing, transport and all the innovation there and, of course, the business department itself. It’s really connecting with our economy for the future.

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“And while the council is in a very difficult financial situation and we’ve got all the consequences of that to come, the rest of the economy has to power on irrespective of that. Obviously, the brand of Birmingham has taken a big hit with what’s happened at the council but when you sit down and explain there are many other huge advantages – the quality of people, improving qualifications of our workforce, the connectivity, the quality of life, housing, the research and development going on in our universities – that far outweighs any situation within the council.”

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