FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Forum of Private Business has sounded a note of caution to HMRC following their announcement that they are to reassess their plans to centralise their offices from the existing 170 to 13 regional centres.

Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass commented, ‘When HMRC first announced that they were to rationalise their delivery, members of the Forum voiced concern that the existing service would deteriorate even further as local offices closed. Today’s announcement from the National Audit Office that their proposals were not workable and are being reviewed underlines the need for better planning. As the revised timings and structures are being considered we would encourage HMRC to focus on the businesses they are supporting, in providing both a fast and personable service, rather than simply driving for cost savings.’



Notes for Editors:
The National Audit Office announcement can be found at:
https://www.nao.org.uk/press-release/managing-the-hmrc-estate/

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.

We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK.

Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.