Rotherham MP, Sarah Champion will slam the Government over the closure of the Sheffield Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) office, after Government letter to Ms Champion revealed that jobs moved to London will not definitely be offered to Sheffield employees and that money for relocation costs for those who do relocate may not be forthcoming. Sarah Champion MP, Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence, will raise the issue in a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 23rd February after writing to the Secretary of State for BIS outlining her concerns about the closure of the Sheffield office and its relocation to London.

After announcing the closure, a decision that could result in 247 redundancies, the Government had said that there would be an opportunity for employees to transfer down to London and that comprehensive support would be provided to help employees find jobs in their preferred location.

However, in the letter dated 17th February, the Government does not confirm employees will be allowed to transfer to their old job and on supporting relocation costs adds: the department is under considerable financial constraints and this will need to be taken into consideration.

Sarah stated:

"The Government is taking jobs from Sheffield, but not committing to whether or not employees who want to move are allowed to, or if they will be offered a relocation package."

"Moving the office responsible for the so called Northern Powerhouse down to London is bad enough; but giving dedicated civil servants false hope is something else entirely."

In the speech, Sarah will criticise the Government's policy towards the North, citing a lack of support for the steel industry as well as the large funding cuts devolved to Northern councils.

You can read the letter from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills here

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