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Government aims to "create a fairer society" with high street investments and jobs outside London

The government has revealed new plans to move more public sector jobs outside of London and improve infrastructure in UK high streets.

The plans, which will be officially announced later today, will see more than 3,000 civil service jobs relocated to hubs in Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh and Belfast by 2025.

The jobs will be within the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Also revealed today are plans to invest £830m in high streets across the UK, with 57 local areas selected to receive the funding.

The government has said that the funding will allow for the transformation of these areas, with a new cinema and market food hall set to be created in Grimsby, a new outdoor performance venue in Taunton and new offices and hospitality venues in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

These measures come alongside new policies to support education programmes across the country.

Boris Johnson, prime minister, commented: “As the country gets back on its feet, the government has renewed its commitment to levelling up and tackling the issues that really matter to people.

“Making sure our children get the best possible education, transforming our town centres and correcting the regional imbalance of public sector roles – this is levelling up in action.

“Not only will we beat the pandemic and recover from its impact, I am determined to seize the opportunity it presents to create a fairer society, improve lives and build back better once and for all.”

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