PCS South Wales Branch is pleased to welcome (if a little belatedly) the WRA to its Treforest Office (QED).
The WRA is the first non-ministerial department set up by the Welsh Government and became fully operational in April 2018. Over the next four years, the WRA will collect more than £1bn of tax revenues and will be responsible for collecting and managing our taxes when land transaction tax and landfill disposals tax are introduced. In addition to collecting tax, the WRA will:
- provide information, advice and assistance about the taxes to taxpayers
- resolve complaints and disputes
- promote tax compliance
- reduce tax evasion and tax avoidance
- support the development of Welsh Government tax policy.
Last year, myself (branch secretary) and the branch chair attended an introductory meeting with WRA’s head of HR at the QED office, with a view to seeing how we could accommodate PCS members. Following further discussions with PCS, it was agreed that the South Wales branch would act as the PCS representatives for PCS members in WRA, effectively taking them under our wing until a WRA branch was established in its own right with its own duly elected reps and constitution.
South Wales branch is currently updating our membership records to include the WRA members as it is looking increasingly likely that the union will hold a statutory ballot of members after annual delegate conference 2018. To prepare for a ballot, every member should have by now received an email, letter or text message from PCS to request they update their contact details. At local level, we are endeavouring to contact as many members as possible to update and confirm their contact details.
As a result of the level of activity needed in carrying out this task – along with all the recent AGMs and electoral activity – we have not, as yet, been able to personally introduce ourselves to our members (and non-members) in WRA. I have started to compile a mailing list and will be looking to engage with WRA staff as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I would ask all members, including our WRA members, to ensure that their contact details are up to date on the PCS website at pcs.org.uk/update. Alternatively, members can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03000 258102 and I can forward your updated information to PCS membership on your behalf.