HMRC senior staff concerned over further job cuts

by Kevin Reed

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16 Nov 2006

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Senior HM Revenue & Customs staff have expressed concern over details of further restructuring and job losses at HM Revenue & Customs.

HMRC has entered into consultation over its continuing transformation since the two tax departments merged in April 2005.

Unions fear that the plans involve cutting a further 12,500 jobs and selling off a large number of buildings by 2011. HMRC is already in the process of shedding 12,500 jobs by 2008.

The FDA, the union representing a large proportion of senior HMRC staff, has voiced concerns over the proposals, questioning whether the department will be able to maintain delivery under such change.

'The FDA will want assurances that the department is not rushing headlong into change overload. Senior staff at HMRC are concerned that such pressure on the fabric of the organisation will make it difficult to maintain delivery,' said Paul Whiteman, FDA senior officer leading on HMRC.

'We acknowledge that as the department reduces in size, meaningful savings from the estate can be made. However, today's announcements will leave all staff worried for their futures and fearful of the demands likely to be put upon them. We have sought assurances that the changes will be made without any redundancies or the need to make unreasonable demands on our members and their colleagues.'

HMRC acting chairman Paul Gray said the plans would save taxpayers' money, and invited all staff to comment on the proposals.

Further reading:

HMRC cuts front line staff

HMRC’s budget cuts raise fears on service

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