PCS slams Hancock as Hancock slams door shut on 600 offices

PCSThe PCS has condemned government plans to close 75% of its offices by 2023.

Cabinet Officer minister Matt Hancock yesterday announced 600 of the government’s 800 buildings will be sold to cut costs.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The fact is these aren’t grey civil service offices from another era, they are jobcentres, tax offices, courts, sites providing vital local services that people will find it harder to access, particularly the more vulnerable.

“Closure plans on this scale expose the lie at the heart of Tory policies for our regional economies, whether the so-called northern powerhouse, the midlands or elsewhere.”

The news comes days after BIS, the government department tasked with helping businesses to grow, is putting 250 Sheffield jobs at risk with plans to close its office in the city.

HM Revenue and Customs, currently facing allegations of doing a sweetheart deal with Google on its tax arrangements, plans to close all but a handful of its 170 offices in the UK, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

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