The National Audit Office (NAO) report, published in January 2017, highlighted the severe flaws in the UK Government’s plan to close HMRC offices across the UK , labelling it: “unrealistic”, “over-optimistic” and “carrying a high risk of disruption”.
Cumbernauld tax office, by the Government’s own measures, meets all the key criteria for a successful regional centre, with experienced staff and an excellent location. It makes absolutely no sense for the UK Government to close the tax office in Cumbernauld, a decision which will cause significant disruption to employees and damage the local community. The overall programme is bad for staff, bad for communities and bad for taxpayers - it should be abandoned.
Jamie Hepburn MSP and I called upon North Lanarkshire Council to carry out a Socio Economic Impact Assessment of the plans to which they have agreed. This assessment will provide a clearer picture of the impact of this closure on the local community and economy. This should then be presented to the UK Government for consideration and a full response.