Newton Aycliffe’s MP says the Treasury’s decision to move 750 jobs to a new regional campus in Darlington is “just fantastic for our young people”.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed in his Budget on Wednesday plans to create the new Northern Economic Campus in Darlington.
It will see 750 senior civil servants move to Darlington and senior officials, including the Chancellor, will spend a substantial amount of time in the town.
Darlington fought off tough competition from Newcastle, Leeds and Bradford but has emerged as the successful location for the Northern division of the Treasury.
Paul Howell, the Conservative MP for Sedgefield, said: “We have seen speculation for a while that a Treasury North would be delivered. The announcement of a campus for Treasury, BEIS, MHCLG and DiT to be located in Darlington is just fantastic for our young people.
“This may be about relocating some jobs in the first instance but longer term it will deliver more career opportunities for our people which will mean more of them can stay and work locally.
“A critical part of this relocation will be that we will have critical decision makers located in our region enabling them to fully understand the different challenges that exist outside of London and the other metropolitan centres.
“I welcome this announcement and it is a clear and obvious step in levelling up.”