HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced closures of 137 local offices around the country to save £100 million in costs by 2025, as reported on the BBC website.
The UK's tax authority will replace the local sites with 13 regional offices over the next 5 years as part of the government's "modernisation programme", with the first centre to open in 2016-17.
HMRC closures will happen in locations including Aberdeen, Belfast, Bradford, Bolton, Brighton, Cambridge, Ipswich, Harrogate, Leeds, Lincoln, London and Middlesborough. The BBC has published a useful list of offices that will close, and when.
The new regional offices will open in Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Stratford and Croydon.
HMRC also plans to eventually run the organisation on a smaller workforce, triggering concerns of potential local job losses. The regional centres will range from 1,200 to 1,300 employees, and costs will be cut by moving offices out of central locations.
In addition, 4 specialist sites will open in Telford, Worthing, Dover and at Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh. These will carry out tasks that can't be dealt with elsewhere.
The government statement can be read here.
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