Bradford Chamber has asked the Chancellor, George Osborne, to reconsider plans to create a new regional tax office in Leeds.
Plans were announced in November by the HMRC to close several local sites and build larger offices that would serve regions instead. Bradford and Shipley has more than 2,000 people currently working in HMRC. The Chamber has been working with the Council and others to build the case for creating the regional hub here, and so strengthen the local economy.
A letter to the Chancellor (also sent to the Prime Minister and the head of HMRC) highlights that a regional public sector hub is to be created at Jacob’s Well by 2018, while challenging the notion that savings could be made with the original plan.
The Council chief executive Kersten England met with HMRC boss Lin Homer in December asking for the decision to be reviewed.