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HMRC to close Preston offices as job losses expected

Posted on - 14th November, 2015 - 4:02pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre
HMRC to close their Preston offices Pic: ImageMoney

HMRC to close their Preston offices Pic: ImageMoney

Preston’s tax men and women face relocation to Liverpool or Manchester as part of HM Revenue and Customs changes.

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The government department has announced more than 2,000 employees in Preston will be affected.

Lin Homer, chief executive of HMRC, 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“HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices.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 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 cities where they are based, providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment for a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”

Three of the Preston tax offices will be closed by 2021 and three others transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions.

HMRC says these proposals will save £100 million per year by 2025.

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