Liverpool’s main Job Centre is to be relocated from Williamson Square to St Johns Market.
The new Job Centre Plus will be based on the upper floor of the market alongside the One Stop Shop.
Liverpool City Council hopes the move will increase footfall to the retail centre, which was reopened last November following a £2.5 million refurbishment.
The One Stop Shop, which allows residents to access a range of council services including council tax and housing benefit advice, will relocate from Municipal Buildings this autumn.
The council says the colocation deal between the government and local authority is the first in Merseyside and will provide a “holistic approach to employment, tax, housing benefit and payment advice and services to the public – all under one roof”.
St Johns Market is currently 66% let, although its food court and the hair and beauty sections are now 100% occupied, and has recently welcomed four new traders in the past three weeks.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Our One Stop Shop and Job Centre Plus within St Johns Market is a fantastic example of delivering great value for money that benefits both job seekers, council tax payers and the market traders.
“St Johns Market is an ideal city centre location with its proximity to Queen Square bus station and Lime Street and Central train stations
“This move is also part of much wider strategy to ensure St Johns market is at the beating heart of the retail offer in Liverpool and we have more announcements in the coming weeks which will demonstrate how we are going to attract more new businesses and even more customers.”