Battle to save tax office

GREAT Yarmouth's prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate Brandon Lewis has pledged to continue his fight to save the jobs of more than 100 tax workers in the town's riverside Havenbridge House.

GREAT Yarmouth's prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate Brandon Lewis has pledged to continue his fight to save the jobs of more than 100 tax workers in the town's riverside Havenbridge House.

As part of a cost-cutting strategy, HM Revenue and Customs is planning to close its office there by 2011 and centralize its operation in Norwich.

Mr Lewis said: “If the move is to save money, then surely Yarmouth is a better option with the area and Havenbridge House having space that could be utilised.

“At present there are over 100 jobs at Havenbridge House and almost 150 not that long ago. How many are to go is unknown as relocation packages for workers are an unknown factor at present.”

He stressed that Yarmouth was an area looking to regenerate with the help of an urban regeneration company.

“As such, to see our own government take more jobs away seems ludicrous and a real betrayal by Labour,” he said.

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Many of the staff at Havenbridge House had children or were carers and might not be able to commute to Norwich.

“We need to keep the pressure on the government to save these local jobs that are so important to people in Yarmouth,” he said.

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