Strike & String

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Fifty-thousand tax workers are being balloted on industrial action — including strike action — in a dispute over job cuts. The Revenue and Customs (HMRC) workers are members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), which announced the ballot yesterday. PCS is waging a national campaign against cuts which have cost tens of thousands of public-service jobs. The union says HMRC alone has axed 30,000 jobs in the last decade and that thousands more are under threat. Tax inspectors who tackle tax avoidance and tax evasion have been among those hit.

“Despite significant opposition, HMRC is pressing ahead with the closure of all its 281 walk-in enquiry centres,” said PCS. “This will cut face-to-face tax advice for millions of people, particularly older people and migrant workers, and put 1,300 jobs at risk.”   The government also plans to privatise HMRC’s debt-management division and other parts of the service.  The ballot closes on Friday, May 16.

If the tax staff vote for action, PCS is planning to launch a series of one-day and shorter strikes, and other forms of industrial action. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “A decade of cuts has left HMRC unable to cope with its crucial job of collecting the taxes that fund the other public services we all rely on. “These cuts must be stopped and the government must invest in our society and a serious clampdown on the tax dodgers who deprive our public finances of tens of billions of pounds a year.”  source:,000-HMRC-staff-balloted-for...

Local Background:

2008 - Bingo Bob ""A consultation period is under way but from what I can gather this seems like a done deal."

2010 - It has previously been announced that the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) office in Northway would shut by spring 2011, but the 30 workers still employed at the site are now considering provisional redundancy and compensation packages which would see them leave their posts on March 31.

2013 - "HMRC said one-to-one support will be offered in a range of "convenient" locations, including a person's own home or business. A total of 13 centres will close in the North and North East of England, including York, Sunderland, Scarborough, Newcastle, Durham and Darlington. If the trials are successful, the remaining centres out of the current total of 281 will close next year. " source:

further reading HMRC v Bandits:

"Consider two different types of bandit, suggested Olson: the roving bandit, who wanders around pillaging wherever he can; and the stationary bandit, who builds a castle and settles down to exploit a particular area. At first glance, one might think that a stationary bandit is the greater curse, because he’s always around. But not so: roving bandits are more dangerous because they have no reason to hold back. A roving bandit will take everything and leave you dead. The stationary bandit wants to come back and take more next week, and so will ensure you have the resources to keep going about your business."

The Summons: 

String Theory: 




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HMRC & Snail Mail

don't expect any speedy response from HMRC by mail; - the Tax Office (HMRC) have only one point of postal contact ;  The HMRC address to send mail to is HMRC- BX9 1AS - a centred distribution office - and they aren't very happy about it either ...  expect lots of redirected delays, HMRC have confirmed indeed there is a 9 week response time to any post, appeals etc .... meanwhile all those computer generated letters just keep churning out ... so good luck with your tax affairs .... if your not on't tinternet.  Twonks!!!!!