Northern Ireland

HMRC: More than 90 jobs to be lost in Newry

More than 90 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) jobs are to be lost in Newry, County Down.

HMRC has confirmed that it is to close its office in the city, affecting 93 staff employed in the building.

The Newry office is one of 14 HMRC offices across the UK that are set to shut by the end of 2015 as part of a wider restructuring plan.

The organisation said it would help workers find other jobs within HMRC or the civil service.

"We remain committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies wherever possible, but as the scope for redeployment reduces, it will become increasingly difficult to avoid this," a HMRC spokesperson said.

HMRC had raised the prospect of job losses last November, identifying Newry as one of 14 locations likely to be affected.

It held a consultation on the proposed closures over the summer, and on Thursday, the organisation confirmed it will be closing all 14 offices by the end of December 2015.

The move will affect a total of 453 staff across the UK.

"HMRC will support these staff to look for jobs in other offices in HMRC or across the Civil Service," the organisation's statement said.

"In January 2015, those who can't be found another job will be offered voluntary redundancy, as well as further career support."

HMRC said the offices earmarked for closure "no longer fitted with medium to long term business plans."

"In line with our Spending Review settlements, HMRC is continuing to reduce in size, to become more highly-skilled and to operate from fewer locations," the statement added.

Thirty-six staff based in Londonderry and 14 in Enniskillen have also accepted voluntary redundancy from this December.

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