Cumbria lobbies to bring in jobs

Cumbria Investment Agency (CIA) has drafted in Cicero Consulting as it prepares to lobby the Government to relocate civil service jobs to the region.

Its push comes on the back of the Lyons Review earlier this year, which called for 20,000 jobs to be shifted from London and the South-East to the regions by 2010. The savings will come from lower labour and property costs.

According to CIA managing director Jack Stopforth, it will make the case to Government departments that Cumbria has suffered from swathes of job losses and that the region has a sufficient talent pool to fill the jobs.

He said 1,400 jobs at the Barrow-in-Furness shipyards have been lost over two years while up to 10,000 job losses are anticipated at BNFL by the end of the decade.

The body will argue the region has people with particular skills to handle civil service jobs in Defra and the Department of Energy. Government departments are expected to outline initial relocation plans in December.

The Lyons Review estimated the relocation ‘could save the public purse more than £2bn after 15 years’. The measure has since been incorporated in the Gershon Review of public sector efficiency, which also recommended the axing of more than 84,000 civil service jobs.

Cicero won the job after a pitch against two other firms.

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