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HMRC Economic Impact Assessment Gets Green Light

North Lanarkshire Council will undertake an economic impact assessment on the proposed closure of HMRC Cumbernauld as a result of pressure from Cumbernauld Labour politicians.

Mark Griffin MSP along with Cllrs Gillian Fannan, Tom Fisher and Allan Graham made representations to the council leader on this important issue and have been successful.

Mark Griffin said:

“I am pleased that the leadership of the council has listened and acted.

“The closure of HMRC Cumbernauld will not only seriously impact workers and their families, but the local economy of the town, where the tax office is a major employer.

“1,300 jobs will be relocated out of Cumbernauld, which will unquestionably have an impact on local businesses . I am pleased that following significant pressure from local Labour representatives this assessment will now take place.

A joint statement from Cumbernauld Labour Councillors Gillian Fannan, Tom Fisher and Allan Graham stated:

“We fully support Cumbernauld residents who are concerned about the proposed closure of Cumbernauld HMRC office. The tax office is our town’s biggest employer and is crucial to the local economy. That is why Cumbernauld’s Labour Councillors and Mark Griffin MSP unequivocally supported the call for North Lanarkshire Council to carry out an impact assessment into the planned closure.

“The response from the council on this issue was made by Officers and did not reflect the position of Cumbernauld Labour Councillors.

“We made representations to the political leadership of North Lanarkshire Council that the impact assessment should be carried out as soon as possible and are pleased this will now go ahead.”

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