– Councillor Tony Hall represents the Northallerton division of North Yorkshire County Council
"This is a sad day for the town and a sad day for the 350 employees.
"Northallerton depends on public service jobs. When decisions are made beyond our centre there will be impacts on the town.
"The distance people have to travel may have implications. It would take a lot of small businesses to replace 350 jobs."
A spokesman for the RPA said their priority will be to talk directly with all those affected to listen to "their preferences and understand their individual circumstances."
– Spokesman for the Rural Payments Agency
"We appreciate the decision to leave Alverton Court is disappointing to many of our people.
"However, we will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for everyone and would stress that this is not about job losses and that we will continue to deliver the same level of service to our customers.
"This decision has not been made lightly and we are working hard to provide as much clarity and certainty to those impacted. All our people who are prepared to work flexibly have been guaranteed a job and all posts will remain in the region."
A government agency office in Northallerton is to close with the loss of 350 jobs.
Workers at the Rural Payments Agency in the Yorkshire town were told today.
A spokesman said the jobs would be split between York and Newcastle.