THE Ministry of Justice will move 500 jobs to Wales as part of the UK Government's 'levelling up' agenda, it has announced.

It says the move will expand the department's presence in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport, with additional roles in the north of Wales. 

Deputy prime minister and secretary of state for justice, Dominic Raab, said: "This Government is committed to spreading opportunity more equally across communities and tackling regional inequalities.

"By having more of our staff based outside London we can recruit the best people wherever they live so that the justice system benefits from more diverse backgrounds, outlooks and experience.” 

Seven Justice Collaboration Centres will be launched alongside a series of satellite offices as the government’s Places for Growth programme continues to move civil service roles out of London and closer to the communities it serves.

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The scheme will ensure the public sector utilises the vast array of talent across England and Wales with 22,000 roles moving out of London by 2030.

Almost 70 per cent of the MoJ workforce is already based outside of London and England's south east and this move will see more than 2,000 more roles in areas like finance, human resources and digital move out by the end of this decade, with 500 of those heading to Wales. 

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Secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart, said: "Our key aim is to level up all areas of the UK and that commitment includes providing more jobs and opportunities within the UK Government.

“We want to make full use of the talent and potential of the Welsh workforce and moving hundreds of roles to Wales will help us achieve that objective."

The new Justice Collaboration Centres, which are offices supporting administration roles, will be based in Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, South Tyneside, Ipswich, Brighton and Cardiff.

The Home Office, the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Department of International Trade and the Cabinet Office have all moved jobs to offices outside of London.

The government says as  positions become available they will be re-advertised nationally, rather than tied to a location, an approach that has already seen most new recruits based outside London. 

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