Louise hits out at "unprecedented" HMRC closure programme

Louise Haigh MP has today called for the government to take into account "Yorkshire's position as the largest and most geographically diverse county in England" and rethink it's plans to close down 12 local HMRC tax offices and combine it into one regional centre in Leeds.

The announcement, made by the government yesterday, will see up to 500 jobs moved out of Sheffield amid fears that there will be inevitable job losses and a decline in the already stretched service.

HMRC made the announcement during the parliamentary recess, meaning MPs are being denied the chance to question the government on the proposals.

Louise has been petitioning for debate on the rumoured closures for weeks and she will be pushing for an Urgent Question in the Commons on Monday to hold the Minister to account.

Commenting Louise said:

"The announcement that 500 jobs are to go from Sheffield as a result of the closure of the tax office in the city is devastating news for the workforce here in Sheffield."

"Across Yorkshire, HMRC are embarking on an unprecedented closure programme which could stretch them to breaking point. Closing these offices will inevitably pose a threat to the the service HMRC can provide to the public which is already poor."
"I will be calling on Ministers to take account of Yorkshire's unqiue circumstances as the largest and most geographically diverse regions - meaning that for thousands of staff it will be simply impossible to move their families and lives to a regional centre in Leeds."
"I am angry that this unprecedented nationwide closure programme has been snuck out by Ministers during a Parliamentary recess - but rest assured I will be seeking urgent answers from Ministers in the coming days and seeking full Parliamentary scrutiny of the decision once Parliament returns." 

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  • Louise Haigh Mp
    published this page in News 2015-11-13 13:52:39 +0000