MPs have urged HP not to move jobs from Sheffield to Scotland, claiming it is unfair on taxpayers and could impact public sector services delivered by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) employment service programmes, run by HP.
In an Early Day Motion to the House of Commons, Labour MP Ian Lavery called on other MPs to voice their concerns with the plan. “This House is concerned that these jobs are being relocated with no apparent thought given to the consequences for the delivery of vital public services," he wrote.
"[This House] urges HP to keep the highly skilled and experienced staff in Sheffield; and urges ministers to exert what pressure they can to ensure that this happens, particularly at a time of massive change in the DWP work and delivery of new systems.”
Lavery also wrote that he was concerned HP was taking advantage of tax incentives from the Scottish government by undertaking the move.
“[This House] is deeply troubled that HP is relocating some of these jobs in return for a £7m regional selective assistance grant from the Scottish government for delivering new jobs in Scotland; notes the potential for multinational companies to use taxpayers' money to maximise their profits and minimise wage costs; while exploiting the political situation in advance of the vote on independence,” he wrote.
HP denied that the relocation plans are linked to the Scottish government grant, however.
"The Scottish Enterprise grant is not linked to relocated staff positions," the firm told V3. "We remain committed to jobs in Erskine and HP’s workforce changes elsewhere are not connected to these roles in any way."
So far only one other MP, Ian Mearns, has backed Lavery's motion.
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