The only early retirement scheme that has been in operation since the formation of HM Revenue and Customs is Approved Early Retirement. No staff have left under Compulsory Early Retirement or Flexible Early Retirement. The number of people who have retired under the scheme is 3,187. The breakdown by grade is given in the following table:
Grade Number Administrative Assistant 236 Assistant Officer 465 Officer 1,003 Higher Officer 695 Senior Officer 399 Grade 7 213 Grade 6 138 Senior Civil Service 38 Total 3,187
Senior Civil Service
HM Revenue and Customs was introduced in April 2006 replacing the former separate departments of HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue. The relevant figures for expenditure on consultancy services, excluding the Valuation Office Agency, are given in the following table:
2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 HM Customs and Excise 36,238 65,343 — Inland Revenue 58,928 70,465 — HM Revenue and Customs — — 105,981 Total 95,166 135,808 105,981
HM Customs and Excise
HM Revenue and Customs
HMRC is currently conducting a consultation exercise, which will end on 21 February, on its initial proposals for reducing its use of accommodation in outer London. Subject to ministerial approval decisions will be announced in the spring and implementation will begin in the summer, continuing through to 2010.
(2) what estimate his Department has made (a) in respect of the HM Revenue and Customs regional review programme of the proportion of the headcount reduction and (b) the savings which will result from the reduction by (i) 2008 and (ii) 2010 which will fall within each of the six areas which make up the Outer London cluster; and if he will make a statement.
Although HMRC offices within Outer London have been grouped into six areas, for most planning purposes Outer London is taken as a whole.
The total number of HMRC staff working in Outer London at 1 October 2006 was 4,374, with the numbers estimated to fall to 3,800 by 2008 and to 3,300 by 2010.
The proposed rationalisation of the HMRC estate in Outer London is estimated to create estate savings of approximately £5.7 million a year.