No surprise Aberdeen HMRC staff intend to quit - MSP

10 January 2017

Commenting on the National Audit Office report on Managing the HMRC Estate, Lewis Macdonald MSP warned that the closure of Aberdeen’s HMRC office will have a “damaging impact” upon the city.

The NAO report found that “HMRC expects a high proportion of staff exits from its offices in Aberdeen, and to a lesser extent Dundee, as their work moves to Edinburgh regional centres.”

Lewis said :

“It is no surprise that the National Audit Office report published today expects staff from Aberdeen to leave HMRC rather than disrupt their families and move to the Central Belt.

“The team at Aberdeen has a great deal of specialist knowledge and experience in relation to the oil industry and business taxation. This will all be lost if the tax office in Aberdeen closes its doors, as the current Tory Government plans will happen by 2021.

“There is still time for Tory Ministers to reverse their damaging decision and retain an HMRC team and office in Aberdeen.

“If they refuse, the loss of experienced staff will have an impact on the finances of thousands of businesses and individuals, as well as ending the public service contributions of a significant number of highly-skilled and committed professional people.”

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