ARC urges Treasury committee to re-visit HMRC cuts
The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) union has stepped up its campaign to re-address the deep cuts that are planned for HMRC over the next three years.
Following a Treasury sub-committee hearing this week, ARC president Graham Black told AccountingWEB.co.uk: “Hopefully the committee will be raising these issues and I hope they recommend that decisions on HMRC cuts are re-visited”.
Black was “very happy” with the range of questions raised at the meeting, which showed that the committee had looked closely at the ARC campaign and submission.
He expressed his concern at the impact of 10 years of incessant cuts to HMRC: “These cuts have already affected service and our ability to reduce the tax gap – and they also reduced our ability to help and work with agents at a local level.”
During last year’s spending review it was revealed that HMRC spending cuts will be sustained up until at least 2014. Along with the tax gap set to widen, the seemingly endless stream of cuts are also having an effect on moral in the department, according to Black.