Representatives of the 19 tax offices threatened with closure have lobbied MSPs to get their support for a campaign to reverse the closures that have been announced. On 4 December, HMRC announced it will close offices in Ayr, Buckie, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Dunoon, Elgin, Falkirk, Galashiels, Grangemouth, Greenock, Hawick, Inverness, Oban, Perth, Peterhead, Prestwick, Rothesay, Stirling and Wick. With the exception of Inverness, these closures will shut down the only HMRC Office in each location.
The photograph shows Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie talking to Hamish Drummond, who represents Revenue and Customs offices on the PCS union executive.
“I am opposed to the closures, and think that it would be particularly short sighted to close both the local offices in the vicinity of the busiest port in Scotland. This removes a valuable deterrent to criminals and the shadow economy, and reduces HMRC’s efficiency as a collector of taxes.
“Officers will still have to travel to Grangemouth – but may have to travel to work elsewhere and then coming back here as part of their working day! We should be looking for ways to reduce travel, for the sake of the environment, for the sake of the people involved, and for the sake of a better service.
“The PCS locally and nationally can count on my support.”