Peterborough Inland Revenue office to shut

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Peterborough Inland Revenue offices are set to close within six years under new cost saving measures.

The office, in New Road, Peterborough, will be closed in 2021, while Clifton House will be shut by 2018.

A total of 15 offices are due to close in the East of England between 2017 and 2021.

Eventually the vast majority of the HMRC’s work covering the East of England will be delivered from one ‘super site’ in Stratford, East London.

Lin Homer, HMRC’s Chief Executive, said: “HMRC is committed to modern, regional centres serving every region and nation in the UK, with skilled and varied jobs and development opportunities, while also ensuring jobs are spread throughout the UK and not concentrated in the capital.

“HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and out-dated offices. This makes it difficult for us to collaborate, modernise our ways of working, and make the changes we need to transform our service to customers and clamp down further on the minority who try to cheat the system.

“The new regional centres in Stratford and Croydon will bring our staff together in more modern and cost-effective buildings in areas with lower rents. They will also make a big contribution to the economy of the region providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”

Where offices are a long way from a regional centre and it is not possible for employees to move to work in one, HMRC will do everything it reasonably can to help them to find new roles, either elsewhere in the civil service, or outside, in order to minimise redundancies.

However, he Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said the move would be devastating for staff.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “No one should be in anydoubt that, if implemented, these proposals would be absolutely devastating for HMRC and the people who work there. 

“Closing this many offices would pose a significant threat to the operation of HMRC, its service to the public and the working lives of staff, and the need for parliamentary scrutiny of the plans is undeniable and urgent.”