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The closure of Derby's tax office is a "catastrophe", according to the largest civil service trade union in the country.
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs announced yesterday that it is planning to close Northgate House in Agard Street, Derby, in January 2019 and relocate its employees to an office in Nottingham.
A number of offices are set to close in the East Midlands as part of HMRC's plan to bring its staff together into 13 regional centres.
There are currently 133 employees at Northgate House.
According to Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) which represents HMRC staff, more than 70% of Northgate House employees are female and less than 50% of the workforce will actually transfer to Nottingham.
A spokesman for the union said: "All employees have been 'offered' jobs in the offices in Nottingham which will be the only HMRC site in the whole of the East Midlands.
"We estimate that less than 50% of these will actually transfer, this will be due to a number of factors; early retirement, and potential redundancies, but the vast majority will be down to those who are unable to travel due to the extension of their working day making it impossible to carry out and combine caring responsibilities with their job."
The union believes that the closure of the site will not only mean that dozens of jobs could be lost, but that there could also be an economic impact on Derby that will run into "millions of pounds" lost.
Andrew Lloyd, midlands regional secretary of PCS, said: "The closure of the tax office in Derby is a catastrophe for those who work there, and for Derby economically and yet another loss of a much needed public service."
The Derby Telegraph launched a campaign in 2007 to prevent 400 tax office staff from being moved from Derby to Nottingham.
At the time, HMRC planned to shut two tax offices in Derby – Northgate House and St James House - to save cash and move its staff to a central office.
Around 200 jobs were saved as a result of the "Hands Off Our Taxmen" campaign after HMRC revealed that Northgate House office in Agard Street would remain open.
At the time, our HOOT campaign received the backing of civic and business leaders, champions of the city and union representatives who wanted to make sure Derby held on to its jobs.
Mr Lloyd added: "We are demanding that HMRC re-think this closure, and that the people of Derby oppose this closure. Through community and public support (including the Derby Telegraph) we stopped this office closure in 2007 we can do it again."