HMRC to close 10 Northern Ireland offices ahead of Belfast move
HM Revenue and Customs has announced it is to close all 10 of its offices across Northern Ireland ahead of a move to one central facility in Belfast.
The tax authority said all its staff, of around 1,300 people across 1,000 positions, would be consulted as part of the change which is taking place as part of a modernisation project.
A spokesman said that there would be no job losses and its workforce would increase as part of the move.
HMRC is currently looking at sites in the city ahead of the move, expected in 2017-18 and the last regional office is expected to close in 2021.
Custom house in Newry has been scheduled to close in June 2016.
Those offices affected include:
· Newry, Custom House will close in June 2016
· Coleraine, Fern house will close in 2016 -17
· Craigavon, Marlborough House will close on 2017-18
· Enniskillen, Abbey House will close in 2017-18
· Belfast, Beaufort House will close in 2017-18
· Belfast, Carne house will close in 2017-18
· Belfast, Custom House will close in 2017-18
· Belfast, Dorchester House will close in 2017-18
· Lisburn, Moira House will close in 2019-20
· Londonderry, Foyle House will close in 2020-21
Lin Homer, HMRC’s chief executive, 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 London.
“HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices.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 centre in Belfast will bring our staff together in more modern and cost-effective buildings in an area with lower rent. It will also make a big contribution to the economy of Northern Ireland providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”
The changes will enable HMRC, it said, to give customers the modern services they expect at a lower cost to the taxpayer, meeting the government’s challenge for all departments to do more with less.