Belfast Telegraph

Union warns over plan to close Business Department's Sheffield office

Plans to close a regional government office and move 250 jobs to London could hit efforts to revive areas hit by steel closures, a union has warned.

The Public and Commercial Services union said the Business Department's move to shut an office in Sheffield dealing with investment undermined the Chancellor's Northern Powerhouse agenda.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The Business Department's retreat from Sheffield not only puts 250 skilled jobs at risk, but threatens the economic revival of areas that have relied on the steel industry for generations.

"This is the exact opposite of what the Government claims to want for the regions and the Civil Service, and makes a mockery of its Northern Powerhouse rhetoric."

A rally against the closure will be held in Sheffield on Saturday, with speakers including Mr Serwotka and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.