MPs to examine lessons learned from previous civil service relocation plans
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will hear from academic and commentator Tony Travers as well as experts at the Institute for Government, on past and current Government initiatives to move civil service posts out of London and set up regional hubs.
In the second session of the inquiry, MPs will examine the progress made towards the target to move 22,000 roles out of London by 2030 as well as the effectiveness of the Government’s plans to set up regional hubs, such as the Darlington Economic Campus.
In a December 2022 report, the Public Accounts Committee said it was “sceptical” that the ongoing expansion of the Government Hubs programme represented good value for money. It highlighted incomplete data on post-pandemic office usage and the risk the taxpayer will be locked into long-term, expensive leases.