Concern at closure of HMRC offices - Flanagan
Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has expressed concerns over the plans by HMRC to centralise all of its services in the North of Ireland in Belfast with the closure of all its other offices.
Speaking today Mr Flanagan said:
"The closure of the HRMC offices in Newry, Craigavon, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Derry will cost the regional economies hundreds of jobs by moving these to Belfast.
“This will impact on the employment opportunities in these towns, the access local communities have to the HMRC and also the local services that these staff and office utilise.
“It is wholly unrealistic to expect the workforce to be able to up and move to Belfast or make a journey from Derry or Fermanagh to Belfast each day.
“This move will of course then impact harder on women and part time staff.
"I will be seeking answers as to why proper consideration was not taken of this situation and the impact of the centralisation of these jobs will have on future employment opportunities and service provision.
“Sinn Féin will engage with HMRC and trade unions to ensure that all rights and entitlements of the workers are respected."