Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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Council's opposition to tax office closure a welcome step

A MOVE by Wrexham Council to stop tax jobs being moved from the area is very welcome.

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I have been campaigning for the Government to rethink proposals to close the tax office, currently based on Ellice Way in the town. Under the proposals, HMRC’s work in Wales would be centralised into Cardiff City Centre, and the nearest jobs for Wrexham staff would be in Liverpool.

More than 350 jobs will be lost from the town as a result of the proposals, and I’ve raised the issue in Parliament, given evidence to Select Committee investigations and met Ministers in Whitehall in a bid to call for a rethink.

Following this year’s local elections, I also wrote to Wrexham Council to urge its lead members to make clear their opposition to the closure. Wrexham’s Lead Member for the Economy, Councillor Terry Evans, has now written to Chancellor Phillip Hammond to ask him to reverse the closure – which he states would have a “severe impact” on the local economy.

I am pleased that Wrexham Council have set out their opposition to the closure of our town’s tax office. The Conservative Government’s proposals would mean the loss of hundreds of highly skilled jobs from our area – and would move those jobs to the major metropolitan centres of Cardiff and Liverpool.

We would be losing jobs as a direct result of Government policy. That’s why I have opposed these proposals from the outset, and why the Council’s opposition will be very welcome in Wrexham.

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