Over 1,000 HMRC employees could lose their jobs after the Revenue confirmed 14 office closures and a slew of redundancy offers last week.
All 14 offices will be closed by December 2015, affecting 453 employees. A further 690 administrative staff have been offered voluntary redundancy due to “automating and digitisation”.
HMRC said the cuts were the result of a spending review.
In a statement, the Revenue said:
“HMRC is continuing to reduce in size, to become more highly-skilled and to operate from fewer locations. We are also changing the way we work to better meet the rising expectations of our customers and help them ensure they get things right.”
“The announcements are absolutely no reflection on the contribution and commitment of the people who are affected, but are a result of our need to become more efficient and to live within our financial constraints.”
This announcement comes just days after HMRC revealed that an estimated £34 billion in tax went uncollected last year.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) – The trade union that represents most HMRC staff – drew attention to this, saying that the situation raised serious questions about public sector funding
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of PCS, told Economia:
“It makes absolutely no economic sense to continue cutting in the department that collects the taxes that fund the public services we all rely on.
“This political and economic vandalism is even more stark and outrageous when, even by the department’s own modest estimate, tens of billions of pounds is lost to our public finances largely through tax evasion and avoidance.”
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