Concerns over Derry tax office jobs

Published Thursday, 07 August 2014
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Concerns have been raised that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is preparing to close tax offices in Londonderry, Newry and Enniskillen.

More than 40 staff have been offered redundancies in the Derry office, sparking fears that it could lead to job losses in other offices in the region.

Revenue and Customs (HMRC) say because more people are doing business with them online it needs fewer staff.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan says the future of the office is under threat.

The SDLP politician has had high level meetings in an effort to save the jobs and services.

He's accusing HMRC of engineering this situation by reducing the public opportunities to use tax offices.

"Offices in Derry, Newry and Enniskillen have been specifically targeted so you have three offices that are essentially being given terminal notice in Northern Ireland, all in border areas," he said.

"The issues here are not just in terms of the quality impact of the loss of jobs that there are in those three catchment areas, there's also the issue about what's going to be the impact on future quality of services for people here."

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colin in bangor wrote (134 days ago):
the office in belfast has already closed so it's not just the border counties suffering a lack of service
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