I have met a Government Minister to make clear my opposition to Conservative plans to close Wrexham’s tax office.
During the meeting with Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison, I set out to her the impact the specific proposals for Wales will have, where HMRC want to centralise their work in one office in Cardiff. I made quite clear the significant impact that this would have in terms of geography, the Welsh language, and the regional economy.
HMRC are planning to open offices in Liverpool though the specific details are not clear yet – but I left the Minister in no doubt about the strength of the feeling in North Wales on this issue. She was willing to listen and I am sure the meeting has given her much to consider – and I made clear I would continue to campaign to keep HMRC jobs locally.
Yesterday’s meeting was part of a series of meetings and discussions I have had about keeping Government jobs like this in Wrexham. I’ve also worked alongside colleagues on the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament to probe HMRC’s plans, and expect further news from them soon.
Separately, I have been making the case to the Welsh Government for them to site offices in the North. What we want are more jobs being created locally – and a commitment from departments like HMRC that we keep the ones we’ve already got.
The Labour Welsh Government has worked hard to help create jobs in Wrexham – and I will continue to push to ensure the UK Government matches their commitment.