Belfast Telegraph

MP's plea over plan to move regional government office jobs away from Sheffield

MPs will hear calls for an independent assessment of controversial plans to close a regional government office and move almost 250 jobs to London.

Labour MP Paul Blomfield will tell the House of Commons that closing the Business Department office in Sheffield makes no economic sense.

The Sheffield Central MP will call on the National Audit Office to conduct an assessment of the proposed closure.

Speaking in advance of the debate, Mr Blomfield said: "The proposal to move jobs from Sheffield to London makes no financial sense, nor is it the way to draw on talent from across the country.

"Figures show it will cost £2.5 million more a year to move these functions to London, not to mention the impression this gives of the Government's so-called Northern Powerhouse.

"I hope ministers will respond positively to our calls to step back and look again."