Chesterfield’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office is to close in the next two years, with staff being relocated to Nottingham.
HMRC said the move was part of the next step in its ten-year modernisation programme, which includes the creation of a new regional centre in Nottingham by 2021.
The modernisation programme includes investment in new online services, data analytics, new compliance techniques, new skills and new ways of working, to make it easier for the honest majority of customers to pay their tax, including by improving customer service, and harder for the dishonest minority to cheat the system. The changes have already resulted in over 80 per cent of people filing their Self Assessment returns online and given customers new, simple ways to check their payments, make changes or find answers to questions.
As part of the programme, the office at Markham House in Chesterfield will close in 2016-17, with staff moving to Castle Meadow campus in Nottingham ahead of a move into the new regional centre in Nottingham in 2020-21.
HMRC will close most of its existing offices in East Midlands by 2020-21 but the company has said that where offices are a long way from a regional centre and it is not possible for employees to move to work in one, HMRC will do everything it reasonably can to help them to find new roles, either elsewhere in the civil service, or outside, in order to minimise redundancies.
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“HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices.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 centre in Nottingham will bring our staff together in a more modern and cost-effective building in an area with lower rent. It will also make a big contribution to the economy of the region providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”