Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.
Published at 20:57 on 15 November 2015
THE Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at Cumbernauld’s HMRC site has tonight unveiled details of an upcoming public meeting, which will aim to rally opposition against the tax authority’s plans.
An announcement on Thursday (12th November) afternoon confirmed that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will reduce their catalogue of UK offices down to 13 regional sites within the next ten years.
The plans mean that Cumbernauld’s tax office will close by 2020, with most of the staff expected to be relocated to one of the two super-sites planned by HMRC for Scotland.
HMRC says that their two Scotland supercentres will be located in Glasgow and Edinburgh, though no more information about exact locations is yet known, due to “negotiations”, the organisation said on Thursday.
The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has said that the regionalisation plans would be “devastating” if HMRC presses ahead with the closures.
Reacting to the taxman’s announcement on Thursday, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka called for a parliamentary review to look at the plans.
On Thursday, Mr Serwotka said: “no one should be in any doubt that, if implemented, these proposals would be absolutely devastating for HMRC and the people who work there.”
He added: “Closing this many offices would pose a significant threat to the operation of HMRC, its service to the public and the working lives of staff, and the need for parliamentary scrutiny of the plans is undeniable and urgent.”
Following the confirmation by HMRC that Cumbernauld Tax Office will close in five years’ time, local PCS official unions at the tax office have announced details of a public meeting that will discuss the plans.
John Miller, Office Secretary of the PCS Cumbernauld Revenue and Customs branch has tonight told Cumbernauld Media that the local branch will “oppose the decision taken to close the site.”
Mr Miller confirmed that a meeting later this month “will discuss with its [PCS’s] members how to progress” following on from Thursday’s announcement by HMRC.
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s SNP Member of Parliament, Stuart McDonald, who has labelled HMRC’s plans “appalling” and a “bitter blow for hard working HMRC staff, and their families” has confirmed that he will address the meeting.
The meeting, which will take place in the Beechwood Suite of Cumbernauld’s New Town Hall, will be held on November 27th, starting at 7pm.
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