The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Government (MHCLG) is set to create a second headquarters in Wolverhampton as part of the government’s “levelling up” agenda.
The new West Midlands HQ will be the first ever ministerial office outside of Westminster, with ministers and senior civil servants to be based at what will be a “centre of policy development and decision making”.
The government hopes that at least 500 MHCLG group roles will be based across the West Midlands by 2025 – 200 more than the 300 currently based there – with further increases planned by 2030.
The government says the move will help ensure that more local voices are reflected in the creation of government policy.
The housing secretary Robert 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.
“This government knows that by having more local voices at the heart of our policy development and delivery, we will support our communities more effectively, and we will continue to develop greater career options in government outside of London.
“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.”
MHCLG’s move to Wolverhampton forms part of the government’s plans to have at least 800 roles outside of London by 2030, including 50% of senior roles.
It is hoped that decentralising government ministries will provide an economic boost to England’s regions and improve career options for civil servants outside of Whitehall.
Recruitment for the new roles at the Wolverhampton office has already started with 40 roles having relocated to the West Midlands in the last 12 months. A similar increase in the number of relocated roles is expected by 2030.
The building in Wolverhampton which will house MHCLG’s new second HQ is set to be announced later this year.