Almost 300 jobs affected by plans to close Northampton tax offices

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Two tax offices in Northampton are to close in a Government cost-cutting drive.

Northgate House office in Sheep Street, which employs 70 HMRC staff, and the Princess House office in Cliftonville Road, which employs 217 people are both affected by the plans that were revealed today.

Closures are staggered and the office at Northgate House will close in 2016 or 2017 and Princess House in 2020.

Lin Homer, HMRC’s chief executive, said: “HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices.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.”

The plans, set to save £100mover 10 years, sees new regional centres, with East Midlands centre based in Nottingham.

Accountancy experts said tax-payers may see some disruption but that they would see the service become more efficient.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka: “Closing this many offices would pose a significant threat to the operation of HMRC, its service to the public and the working lives of staff, and the need for parliamentary scrutiny of the plans is undeniable and urgent.”