Today, Parliament met for the last time before the summer recess and I used this opportunity to condemn the ‘bonkers’ proposal to close the Cumbernauld HMRC office and to demand that MPs are allowed to debate this issue.
A number of concerns have been raised about the centralisation of staff in expensive city centre accommodation, ridiculous assumptions about how far staff can travel and the complete lack of any assessment of the impact caused by this closure to the local economy.
It’s abundantly clear that these proposals just don’t stand up after scrutiny but the UK Government have failed to listen to damning reports from the National Audit Office or the Public Accounts Committee. Instead, they have carried on regardless and even signed contracts for new centres during the Purdah period.
We need a halt to the closure programme now and MPs must have the opportunity to debate this issue. The local community and thousands of HMRC staff deserve nothing less.