Gordon has welcomed the confirmation in the Government’s Autumn Statement that they are ditching the plans to privatise the Land Registry - describing it as “great news” for jobs on the Fylde Coast.
Gordon, who along with local trade unionists from the PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) campaigned against the threat of privatisation said it was be a “big relief” for the hundreds of people employed at the Land Registry based at Warton.
He said: “After a strong campaign nationally but also here locally, I am delighted the Government have seen sense and ditched their ill-thought plans to privatise the Land Registry. For the hundreds of local people who work at the Fylde offices in Warton, as well as their families this is great news just before Christmas.”
“There was a real danger that many of these skilled jobs in the area were being put at risk, just for the sake of the Government wanting to make a quick buck to prop up their failing debt targets. The Land Registry is a profitable making organisation so it would have been illogical for them to be selling it off and lose us millions of pounds from the public purse.”
In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond said: “Following consultation the Government has decided that HM Land Registry should focus on becoming a more digital data-driven registration business, and to do this will remain in the public sector.”
The Government have now twice been forced to abandon their plans to privatise the 150-year-old organisation. In a Commons debate earlier this year, MPs from all sides highlighted the risks privatisation could cause to the housing market and exposing the public to fraud.