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Tax Office Closure Programme

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider redundancy terms equivalent to those offered by the Department for Work and Pensions for workers affected by the tax office closure programme. (109145)

HMRC has an Approved Early Retirement Scheme and intends to continue with this into 2007-08. This is entirely voluntary and so far 3,200 staff have accepted these terms.

HMRC has recently entered into a no-redundancy agreement until September 2007 with the recognised trades unions and has no plans to offer schemes similar to those offered in the Department for Work and Pensions.