Telford lobbies Government over HMRC office requirements

A TELFORD and Wrekin delegation has met with Government to make a case for retaining Telford as a location for support staff working for HMRC.

The delegation, led by council leader Kuldip Sahota, met with David Gauke MP, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, to discuss and understand the Government’s current thinking regarding future use of offices in the borough.

The HMRC has said that Telford is one of 16 key locations where it will maintain a presence until at least 2020, but not necessarily in all of the offices currently occupied.

Cllr Sahota said: “Telford is rightly recognised by the Government as a centre of excellence for HMRC staff and the minister was generous with his praise for the workforce here in Telford.

“I recognise the Government has to make savings, but we made a strong case for Telford.

“We are optimistic that Mr Gauke understands the case for retaining Telford as one of the key places outside London to retain support staff and vital services.”

By 2015, HMRC will be operating with 10,000 fewer full time equivalent posts nationwide than it had in April 2011.