Skip to main content

Revenue and Customs: Redundancy

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid by HM Revenue and Customs in redundancy packages to employees following recent branch closures. (283699)

HMRC has not made any staff compulsorily redundant and is committed to avoiding this where at all practical. Instead HMRC is actively seeking to redeploy as many staff as possible into suitable alternative posts, both within HMRC and to other government departments.

Alongside this redeployment programme HMRC has also run a number of lower cost voluntary early release schemes and has offered these to eligible staff. Since April 2005 6,561 staff have left HMRC under these schemes at a cost of around £299 million. The savings in salary costs from these releases are estimated at £691 million.

Although all decisions on office closures have now been announced, the actual closures will be phased over a period of time. Through this implementation phase the redeployment of staff remains HMRC’s highest priority.