Closed petition Scrap plans to close the BIS Department's Sheffield office - costing 247 jobs

On January 28 the department responsible for the 'Northern Powerhouse' initiative announced the closure of its largest non-London office.

Government is too London-based and the capital's economy is outperforming the North. It is completely the wrong strategy to rebalance our nation's economy.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bis-to-close-sheffield-office

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/almost-250-jobs-at-risk-in-sheffield-as-government-office-closure-announced-1-7701778

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MPs debate BIS Sheffield proposal and Government Departments outside London

On Monday 9 May, MPs will debate the BIS Sheffield proposal and Government Departments outside London.

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, successfully applied for the debate through the Back Bench Business Committee. This is one of the ways backbench MPs can get debates.

The motion being debated reads:

"That this House notes with concern the Business, Innovation and Skills Department's proposal to close its Sheffield policy office, moving 247 posts to London; further notes that the Sheffield BIS office proposal runs counter to the Government's welcome commitment to create a public sector that reflects the diverse nature of the UK following the publication of the Bridge report and also to the commitment in Budget 2016 to move civil servants out of expensive Whitehall accommodation; and therefore calls on the National Audit Office to conduct a cost benefit assessment of the BIS Sheffield proposal."

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The debate is due to take place in the afternoon after 3.30pm. The exact time will depend on whether there are any statements from the Government or urgent questions.

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MPs debate closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield

On Wednesday 24 February, MPs debated the closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield. This debate was scheduled following a bid from Kevin Barron MP.

You can watch the debate here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/09477a5f-28c0-45be-8916-3adde7bd3398?in=14:30:00

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