Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jobs to Bridge Wealth Divide

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jobs to Bridge Wealth Divide

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Byline: By Paul Linford, Political Editor

The North-East yesterday stepped up its bid to lure thousands of civil service jobs to the region as part a bid to bridge the North-South divide.

Earlier this week, the Government made clear there would be no extra public money on the table for the region to tackle economic disparities.

Ministers have, however, given a provisional go-ahead to plans to relocate up to 20,000 public servants out of London as means of "rebalancing" the economy.

Yesterday the North-East Regional Assembly set out in detail its reasoning for why it considers the jobs should come to the North-East.

The NERA submission was set out in a letter to Sir Michael Lyons, the former Birmingham council chief executive who is leading the review of office location.

It said that with North-East unemployment the highest in the UK, the move could make a vital contribution to tackling the prosperity gap.

"Approximately 57,000 additional jobs are needed to raise the North-East to the current national employment rate," it states. …

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