Despite promising to begin a 'devolution revolution' figures revealed by Louise ahead of George Osborne's eight budget figure have shown that every very single one of George Osborne’s senior civil servants are based in London, the government has admitted.
Figures reveal that 100% of Treasury senior civil servants and 99.9% of treasury core policy civil servants work from the capital.
The numbers were released ahead of Wednesday’s budget, where Osborne is expected to further outline his plans for the “northern powerhouse” agenda. The project has seen the chancellor focus on devolving power away from Whitehall to cities and regions across the north, in addition to promising to improve transport.
Last week, Louise revealed that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which with the treasury is responsible for delivering the chancellor’s “powerhouse” scheme, admitted that 97% of its staff are also based in the capital.
Louise Haigh, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley accused the chancellor of ignoring the voices of northern communities: “The chancellor has tried to hijack the northern powerhouse agenda but according to his own figures his Treasury is the most centralised Whitehall machine not just in this government, but quite possibly of any government in recent history."
"The reality is that he is far more concerned with building a power base for himself, than a powerhouse for the North."
“How does the chancellor expect the voice of communities like mine to be heard when every single one of his top officials and policy makers are based just yards from his office in central London?”