A SWANSEA MP has expressed her concern about the future of Llansamlet’s Land Registry — and the 438 jobs there.
The UK Government has announced plans to part-privatise the organisation which records the details of land ownership across Wales and England.
The coalition are looking at getting the private sector involved in running the department in a bid to save cash — options include a joint venture with private company, or letting a firm take over the running of the organisation.
But Swansea East MP Sian James said she was “deeply concerned” about the plans and its impact on Llansamlet — and questioned who would really benefit from any sell-off.
She said: “It seems to me and staff that the government is using public spending restrictions to push forward its own market-driven ideology
“The government is fostering a policy of creeping privatisation throughout the public sector.
“This is happening in the name of greater efficiency — yet all the evidence shows that it’s the financial institutions and Tory party donors who most benefit from these sell-offs.
“We have seen similar moves to introduce ‘market-driven improvements’ in the DVLA and the Department of Transport’s shared services in Llansamlet.
“There is seldom any increased productivity gained through privatisation — running costs are pushed down and jobs are put under threat. It always results in charges going up for service users.”
She added: “If this happens with the Land Registry then the government could end up damaging the construction boom that it hopes to encourage.”
The Government plans are now subject to an eight-week public consultation.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said no decision had yet been made on the future of Land Registry.
He said: “Giving Land Registry more flexibility to operate in the modern world will enable them to become a leader in digitising land and property services and support economic growth in the wider economy.
“We welcome views from all interested stakeholders to help us shape the future of land registration services.”