I’ve been passed a leaked document which contains some very worrying news for around a thousand people working in tax and customs offices across Wales.
The document confirms that the Department’s work will be focussed on SIXTEEN key locations across the UK which are guaranteed to remain open until 2020.
Only the Ty Glas office in Llanishen in Cardiff is listed which means uncertainty for those working in HMRC’s offices in Wrexham, Merthyr, Colwyn Bay, Prestatyn, Carmarthen, Swansea and Porthmadog.
What’s more Porthmadog is where HMRC’s Welsh language enquiry centre is based.
The employee who passed me the document told me staff in all the offices outside in Cardiff are deeply worried by the fact that those offices aren’t mentioned in this document whereas five bases in Northern Ireland and 15 in Scotland are listed as guaranteed to remain open until 2020.
A spokesperson for HMRC said; “There are no new announcements of office closures or moves in Wales at this time.”
HMRC has been closing offices and shedding jobs since it was formed from a merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise in 2005.
Sixteen offices in Wales have already closed as a result of that efficiency drive.
At the end of last year HMRC employed the full-time equivalent of 3,436 people; 2,430 of those work in the main Cardiff office.
It’s previously said that by 2015 it expects to employ 13,000 fewer people across the UK than it did in 2010