- Posted by fionamp
- On September 13, 2018
Fiona Onasanya MP has agreed to join workers at Peterborough HMRC campaigning to keep their office open.
The government announced in November 2015 that Peterborough HMRC office would close in 2020; this closure was alongside over a hundred HMRC closures across the country. These closures will mean that there is not one HMRC office in the whole of the East of England with all the work being transferred to a so-called ‘super site’ in Stratford, East London.
The shutting of the Peterborough office will see 200 tax workers face redundancy unless they transfer to London. Two thirds of the workers at Peterborough HMRC are female.
A report by the Committee of Public Accounts is highly critical of the HMRC ‘centralisation’ plan – and highlighted concerns that the plan may not be as cost-effective as they hope, and that it could also disrupt day-to-day operations. Also, it has been noted that the closures could hamper vital post-Brexit customs planning.
Fiona Onasanya, MP for Peterborough, since the 2017 said:
“I am not going to stand by and watch HMRC tear these jobs from the City. These are high quality jobs, and if they are allowed to go will never return. No one from HMRC has ever asked me what I think about this closure, but I am going to make sure they know that I am totally 100% opposed to these jobs going.
Peterborough and the region desperately needs high-quality jobs. Instead, HMRC and the government seem more interested in taking them away and kowtowing to the City of London, when the reality is that the communities that surround it need more opportunities and investment. It is clear that our government knows the cost of everything, but the value of nothing.
I urge HMRC and the government to properly consult their hard-working staff and the PCS on these changes before going full steam ahead with this damaging centralisation – which is going to tear jobs away from communities across the country.”
Ms Onasanya has penned a column on this issue in this week’s Peterborough Telegraph. She will be demanding a meeting with HMRC, and also raising her objections in Parliament alongside a cohort of Labour MPs in constituencies that will be affected by these closures.
Workers at HMRC, through their union PCS, surveyed their members and the opposition to the closure is unanimous. PCS will run a major campaign to support their members fight. Andrew Lloyd, PCS Eastern regional secretary, said:
“We are really pleased that Fiona has agreed to not just join our campaign but to be at its forefront.”
Mr Lloyd said further, “… of course we want our members to keep their jobs, but it is also about the economic impact on Peterborough which could see millions of pounds lost to Peterborough. Additionally if there is not one HMRC office in the East of England, it is bound to mean more and more will not feel the need to comply and pay taxes.”
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For information contact Matthew Turner (Communications Officer for Fiona Onasanya MP):
Landline: 01733 667433
Or PCS Regional Secretary Andrew Lloyd: