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Revenue and Customs: Location

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to help those employees of HM Revenue and Customs who are unable to relocate to a different branch to find alternative employment. (175475)

HMRC expects that most staff from offices that are planned for closure will be able to relocate with their teams to a new office.

Where it is agreed that it is not reasonable for individual members of staff, in their circumstances, to relocate, managers will discuss alternative options with them. These may include the provision of temporary work in their current location or a move to another business unit within HMRC. In addition HMRC will facilitate moves to other Government Departments where posts are available matching terms and conditions where they are not comparable to those in HMRC. A re-deployment workshop is also available for staff to help them maximise their prospects of finding alternative work, using a consultant to provide coaching on CV writing and interview techniques.

HMRC will continue to work with staff, managers and the departmental trade unions to seek alternative ways to ensure that HMRC staff are offered every opportunity to continue to work in the Department.