Wingfield House closure is confirmed

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The government today announced one of Portsmouth’s two tax offices will be closed by 2015.

Despite protests by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and Portsmouth City Council Wingfield House, in Commercial Road, is set to close.

HMRC staff will be relocated to Lynx House, in Cosham, but the union said jobs are sure to go as the taxman tries to cut its overall workforce by 10,000.

The move to close the tax office, which employs 550 people, is part of cost-cutting measures included in the government’s public sector spending review.

PCS branch chairman Patrick Smyth said union representatives are in meetings with HMRC and he hopes more details of the closure will soon be available.