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Hmrc Update : Pinstriped Army To Beat Strike By Tax Collectors

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Ministers are secretly recruiting a squad of City experts to break an expected strike by tax collectors.

Treasury Ministers are drawing up plans to slash the number of taxmen as part of savage Whitehall spending cuts – but fear it will trigger a mass walk-out by staff at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Such a move, by the most heavily unionised Whitehall department, could plunge the public finances into even greater chaos.

Now, in the clearest sign yet that the Government is gearing up for a new ‘winter of discontent’, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has ordered the creation of a special unit of pinstriped strike-breakers to be sent into HMRC to work as emergency tax collectors.

The Treasury’s resolve to shake up HMRC has been hardened by this month’s tax fiasco, when the department was forced to send out letters to 5.7 million taxpayers admitting it had miscalculated the sums they owed.

Of these, an estimated 1.4 million people had underpaid and they are now facing bills which, in some cases, run into thousands of pounds

.Dave Hartnett, the permanent secretary at HMRC, was widely condemned for refusing to apologise for the fiasco until forced to do so by Chancellor George Osborne.

Since HMRC was created in 2005, its workforce has been slashed by more than 30,000 to 74,000. But Government sources say the Treasury is pushing for a further 10 per cent cut to be included in Mr Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review next month – a move which would almost certainly lead to serious industrial unrest at HMRC, where 83 per cent of staff belong to the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

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