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HMRC staff relocated from Newry told their new office is also to close

More than 20 HMRC staff relocated from Newry to Lisburn in March have this morning been told their new office is also to close.

It is understood operations are to become centralised in Belfast, with an office due to open in 2017/18.

The Lisburn office is to close in 2019/20.

It is not known at this stage if staff will be relocated.

The Newry office lost 90 jobs in May this year and currently operates on a skeleton staff of 10. Staff there will be offered compulsory redundancy in June next year before full closure of the Newry site.

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 the capital.

“HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices.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 centres will bring our staff together in more modern and cost-effective buildings in areas with lower rents. They will also make a big contribution to the cities where they are based, providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment for a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”

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