Yesterday I met again with the Scottish Secretary and a representative from HMRC at Dover House to discuss the UK Government's plan to close Cumbernauld tax office. I highlighted, once again, the significant impact the closure of the Cumbernauld site would have on both the staff and the local community, and pointed out that Cumbernauld office has the skills, experience and location to operate successfully as an HMRC hub in its own right.
Regrettably, HMRC continue to pursue their programme of office closures and believe the new Glasgow hub is on schedule. That said, there is an acknowledgement that plans may have to change given uncertainty around Brexit - and there is the option of extending the lease of the Cumbernauld Office. I will continue to make the case that Cumbernauld Office should not be closed.
I also used the meeting to flag up concerns about travel times and costs, disabled parking spaces, accommodating workers with caring responsibilities and other issues that have been raised with me and I will continue to do that.
I know this is an uncertain and stressful time for workers at HMRC and if I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.