Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West and Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East and Council Leader Rob Stewart have joined MPs from Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to call for the Wales Tax Centre to be in Swansea Bay City Region instead of Cardiff.
The Swansea Bay MPs including Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock, and Camarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathon Edwards plus Islwyn MP Chris Evans have proposed a motion in Parliament regretting the closure of local HMRC tax offices across Wales and calling for any new centralised HMRC tax hub to be located in Swansea Bay City Region instead of in Cardiff.
Said Geraint Davies MP “The closure of the Ty Nant tax office in Swansea is a major blow to our city’s employment and to locally provided tax advice.
“Swansea Bay is recognised as being in an area of relative deprivation by the EU which Cardiff isn’t so the UK Government should support our local economy and put the new tax centre here.”
Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said "Swansea is the regional capital and has a flexible skilled workforce with a track record of delivering high quality public services, it is essential that HMRC retain a base in the Swansea Bay region. Wales is not just Cardiff and the Tory Government in London needs to recognise that.”
“We had to fight hard to get rail electrification to be extended from Cardiff to Swansea and won. This is another cause we must fight to win” said Geraint Davies MP
Said Carolyn Harris MP “The DVLA was put in Swansea by a previous Government to support our local economy which has greater needs than Cardiff.
“Land and property prices in Cardiff are higher so there is both a social and business case to put the HMRC hub in Swansea Bay instead of Cardiff.
“We have a growing skills pool in Swansea that we need to retain with quality jobs that the tax centre would help to provide”
Geraint Davies MP also asked the Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb about the Wales Tax Centre in Welsh Questions today saying;“Twenty-five thousand jobs in Swansea bay city region rely on being in the single market. Swansea is, of course, in the convergence funding area. Will the Secretary of State support Swansea bay city region MPs’ bid to get the new tax centre for Wales in Swansea bay city region, given that it is an area of relative deprivation, and not Cardiff?”
Stephen Crabb MP said he would be happy to received representations from the Swansea Bay MPs saying “Exciting things are happening in Swansea and the Swansea bay city region. I am delighted that Swansea MPs are working together. If they have a proposal about future changes to the delivery of Government services, with opportunities for Swansea, I ask them please to send them through and we will consider them.”