The impact of the UK Government's proposed closure of Cumbernauld's tax office was put front and centre this week by local SNP MP Stuart McDonald in a meeting with the Conservative government’s Scottish Secretary, David Mundell.
The Cumbernauld MP highlighted that HMRC is Cumbernauld’s biggest employer - and the loss of jobs to Glasgow would be a huge blow to workers and the town as a whole. He used the opportunity to present the Economic Impact Assessment, based on a survey of PCS members, of the closure - including a drastic loss of spending in the town centre. The Scottish Secretary has committed to a further meeting, which will also be attended by representatives from HMRC.
Stuart McDonald, the MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, said:
"I used the meeting with the Scottish Secretary to highlight the hugely detrimental effect the proposed closure of the HMRC office in Cumbernauld would have on workers and the local economy. It is imperative that the UK Government sees sense on this issue - I will continue fighting alongside PCS to make that happen and to keep these jobs in Cumbernauld."