Conservative criticism after only 18 people attend a Welsh Government office that holds 390
The Welsh Conservatives are unhappy that only 18 people are attending work at a Welsh Government office that holds 390.
The government responded to an FOI request by the party to say that that the average daily attendance level for September at their Llandudno Junction Office was recorded as 18 people.
This number was an increase on the 16 people who attended the site daily in August, when the Welsh Government moved Coronavirus restrictions to Alert Level Zero.
The Welsh Government however said that attendance was low because only essential staff attended the office.
“Following the lifting of lockdown the Welsh Government has continued to implement the First Ministers message that staff should continue to work from home where possible, which has resulted in low attendance levels currently,” they said.
The Conservative Senedd Member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, however, spoke of her “disbelief” at the figure, given that the Llandudno Junction office opened in 2010 at a cost of around £23 million.
“I am astounded that only eighteen people worked at the Llandudno Junction office on a daily basis throughout September,” she said.
“Whilst the pandemic has undoubtedly changed the modern way of work, to have such a building lying dormant for a prolonged period raises urgent questions about the money being spent to maintain the property.
“That the attendance number has only just doubled those attending the multi-million pound building at the very height of the pandemic underlines that the Welsh Government’s vanity project in North Wales serves no beneficial purpose at present.
“Built only over a decade ago, this modern Welsh Government building would have ample social distancing space to support the return to work for more than eighteen workers, especially as we have seen the partial return of other large scale offices including on the Senedd estate.
“Mark Drakeford’s administration must urgently explain to the people of north Wales how this office has been allowed to become a tax money black hole and confirm to the Senedd whether a return to work plan for the site will be implemented.”
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