Friday 5 April 2019 / 11:15 AM Anneliese Dodds

Anneliese Dodds responds to HMRC’s growing staffing crisis

Responding to news of HMRC’s growing staffing crisis, Labour Shadow Treasury Minister Anneliese Dodds MP, said:

“Today’s figures show how the Government has manifestly failed to provide HMRC with the resources it needs.

“It is alarming to see HMRC haemorrhaging staff when the Government’s confusion over Brexit is making customs chaos a real possibility.

“The Government’s figures indicate that it has lost 1,274 members of staff since March 2018 and has lost 15,637 staff since the Tories came into government in 2010.

“This is despite the Permanent Secretary to HMRC acknowledging that HMRC would need to hire 5,300 staff to deal with all possible Brexit outcomes.

“The Government’s disastrous HMRC restructuring policy will see 157 local offices closed across the country, with many staff simply unable to travel to new regional hubs and leaving HMRC as a result.

“It’s hard to know what the full human and organisational impact of these job losses is, but we are left wondering whether the customs declaration fiasco, disrupted ‘payments on account’ or indeed the current backlog in processing returns would have occurred, had the Government not cut over 15,000 staff from HMRC in the last nine years.”