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Civil servants making move to HMRC's new Belfast office

HMRC has opened its new office at Erskine House on Chichester Street in Belfast (stock picture)
HMRC has opened its new office at Erskine House on Chichester Street in Belfast (stock picture)
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

HMRC has opened its new office at Erskine House on Chichester Street in Belfast.

It is one of 13 new regional centres to open across the UK, all of which are part of phase one of the Government Hubs programme.

Around 1,600 NI HMRC employees will work in the building, which will "transform the way HMRC operates and interacts with its customers", said Jim Harra, the chief executive and first permanent secretary of HMRC.

He said: "Crucially, it will deliver an efficient service for our customers, making HMRC a tax authority fit for the future."

Work on the eight-storey building began in 2017. Civil servants have been relocating there over the past number of weeks.

The development is part of HMRC's transformation programme to become one of the most digitally-advanced tax authorities in the world.

The scheme is expected to save the HMRC more than £300m by 2025. Similar schemes are due to open in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Leeds.

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