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North West Regional Reviews launched

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) today (Wednesday 9 May 2007) invited staff and unions to comment on proposals for reorganising its office accommodation in urban centres within the North West region.

The reorganisation of office accommodation arises in part from the integration of the former Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise, which has led to HMRC having more space than it needs.

All Enquiry Centres will remain open in their current localities as will other sites serving a specific local purpose.

The North West consultation covers the urban centres of Liverpool, Manchester and Preston/Blackpool and envisages accommodating staff in 22 buildings rather than the current 43. Initial planning suggests that by 2010, the number of HMRC jobs in these centres is likely to reduce from 15,400 to around 14,300 as a result of efficiency programmes.

Our staff and trade unions are invited to contribute to a consultation period lasting eight weeks for their region, beginning today. In addition we have written to all relevant local authorities, asking for their views on the proposals.