Public Accounts Committee
Source: dailymail.co.uk 28 April 2017
HM Revenue & Customs had claimed the move would save £300million by 2025, but MPs said they ‘did not believe’ it after learning the cost of the relocating had risen by at least £150million.
The MPs concluded that HMRC had yet to show it had a ‘realistic and affordable’ plan to deliver such a radical change. The report said: ‘We do not believe that it needs to be based in expensive cities across the UK.’
The union representing staff said the Government should now halt the closure plans and properly resource HMRC.
The MPs said they were concerned that HMRC had not thought through all the negative costs to the wider economy of its approach, as well as the impact on local employment.
Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: ‘This report confirms what we have been saying since these plans were announced 18 months ago, that closing this many offices poses a significant threat to the operation of HMRC, its service to the public and the working lives of staff.
Cutting thousands of HMRC staff in recent years has hit the services it provides to the public, yet the department and this Tory Government are ploughing ahead with poorly thought through plans that would mean thousands more job cuts.’