The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in Bangor, based at Ty Glyder, 339 High Street, is on a closure list of 26 offices the agency plans to close by 2023.
The VOA, part of HM Revenue & Customs, are the agency responsible for overseeing the property tax paid by companies in England and Wales, and it’s planning to close down 26 of its 52 offices because of budget cuts. The agency also plans to cut 1,000 staff by 2021 — more than 25 per cent of its workforce.
Although the Bangor office is on the list no date has been given for the closure, just three weeks ago the agency announced that its office in Rhyl was to close, with 40 jobs possibly being lost. The closures would leave the VOA with just one office in North Wales, based in Wrexham.
Arfon MP Hywel Williams said: “This short-sighted decision to close the Bangor Valuation office in my constituency will not only directly affect those working at the site, it will also have repercussions locally; impacting businesses, individuals and those benefiting from having a local office nearby.
“The government are pursuing an agenda of centralisation with little or no regard to the impact removing services has on local communities and those directly affected by such cuts.
“My office and I stand ready to support those staff members affected by this decision and I encourage them to get in touch. I will also be writing to the Government requesting an urgent meeting.”