Union hope for Portsmouth City Council backing to stop move

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CAMPAIGNERS who want to stop a tax office closing in Portsmouth hope the city council will support their cause.

A proposal has been put forward to close one of two HMRC offices in Portsmouth.

The plan involves closing Wingfield House, in Commercial Road, and moving all work to Lynx House in Cosham from 2014.

Revenue and Customs has carried out a review of its offices since the government announced cuts in its public sector spending review.

It says there will be no redundancies and a decision will be made next month.

But members of the Public and Commercial Services union believe the closure will have a detrimental effect to city centre businesses because they will lose custom from the 550 staff employed in Wingfield House.

It also believes the Cosham location will be difficult for people to get to.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley is due to table a motion at tomorrow’s full council meeting at Portsmouth City Council in support of the union.

The meeting is due to start at 2pm.