Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams has welcomed the government’s announcement of a new Home Office innovation centre for Stoke-on-Trent.
The new case worker and asylum hub is expected to see 500 civil service roles move to the city from London by 2025, as part of the prime minister’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.
Initially there will be 50 caseworker roles, with a further 200 jobs planned within an asylum co-ordination hub.
In addition to the caseworker roles, the centre will include operational, IT, policy and corporate functions, creating a range of career opportunities for local people, including apprenticeships.
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams, said: ‘This announcement is fantastic news for Stoke-on-Trent, providing a welcome boost to our city’s economy and generating employment for local people.
‘By bringing the new innovation centre here, the Home Office is ensuring our communities are represented within central government and their voices heard.
‘The announcement follows effective promotion by local MPs and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to highlight the strong case for business and organisations to build a presence in our safe and ambitious city.’