Labour MPs Judith Cummins, Bradford South, and Imran Hussain, Bradford East, met today with Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, to press the case for keeping HMRC offices in Bradford.
Speaking after the meeting Ms. Cummins said: “It is becoming increasingly apparent that HMRC don’t have a solid case for their decision. On the contrary, there is a compelling case for locating the Yorkshire regional centre in Bradford rather than moving away.
“HMRC wants its regional centres to house around 4,400 staff. Well there are already more than 2,000 staff in Bradford and it’s the most central location for the current HMRC workforce. Add to that the financial benefits of lower accommodation costs, available sites close to transportation hubs and the case for Bradford becomes overwhelming.
“The meeting today was about highlighting the nonsense of HMRC’s decision, its disproportionate economic impact on Bradford, and making the case for locating in Bradford not moving away.
“We left the minister in no doubt of the strength of feeling on this issue. HMRC have shrouded their decision in secrecy and it’s not acceptable. There needs to be rigorous scrutiny and questions answered by the government because their plan makes no sense.”
The MPs presented the minister with an indicative business case prepared for Bradford Council that demonstrates why Bradford offers the most financially beneficial location for HMRC. The minister agreed to look at the proposal.