Dundee HMRC staff to be moved amid shift to regional offices

The ‘majority’ of HMRC workers in Dundee will be moved elsewhere in the city as part of a wider overhaul of staffing in the tax authority’s offices, it has been confirmed

Last week (beginning 20 June), it emerged 34 HMRC employees working at the offices at Caledonian House in Greenmarket were offered voluntary redundancy.

Across the UK, HMRC is consolidating its presence, closing down 137 offices in order to move to a regional office system with 13 superhubs. In all, it is estimated 60,000 staff have been affected by the move, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020/21.

The PCS union is opposed to the moves and accompanying job cuts, describing them as ‘not necessary’.

It added in a statement: ‘We're still pushing HMRC to change course on its plans for such largescale office closures. If all the centres close as planned there will be large gaps across the country where we fear the impact will be severe on tax compliance. Keeping more offices open will help to fill these gaps and will make it more likely staff under threat of redundancy will be able to transfer.’

An HMRC spokesperson said: ‘HMRC has been working hard to avoid compulsory redundancies since we first announced that offices would be closing in November 2015.

‘On 22 June, we launched a voluntary redundancy scheme for people currently working in offices due to close between December 2017 and March 2018.

‘Every person in these offices has had the opportunity to hold a one-to-one meeting with their manager to look at whether they can move to another HMRC office. The people being offered voluntary redundancy are those who, following the one-to-one discussions, are confirmed as being outside of reasonable daily travel of another HMRC office.’

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