Coventry City Council’s elected members have unanimously backed a campaign to stop the closure of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office in the city.
It comes after a motion was unanimously passed at this week’s Full Council receiving cross-party support.
The motion read: “The closure of the Coventry Office will mean a loss of 300 quality jobs, of which 70% are carried out by female workers, the loss of these jobs will have a detrimental impact on the City’s economy.
“We call upon HMRC to think again and to cease the widespread local office closure programme which will reduce HMRC offices to just 13 sites to service the whole of the UK.”
The motion was tabled after prominent councillors from the ruling Labour Administration, including Leader George Duggins, had met members of the Public and Commercial Services union.
Cllr Duggins is calling for a reversal of the HMRC decision which he believes does not make sense.
He said: “A key principle of the devolution deal sees Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton the main cities of the region yet two of these will see their HMRC offices close.
“Moving the HMRC offices to Birmingham flies in the face of this and flies in the face of the government promise to ensure that offices are scattered around the country and that we move away from centralisation.”
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, added: “All of us, regardless of political persuasion, need to do all we can to ensure we do not lose quality jobs in the city.
“Our city is on the up and one of the ways we will thrive is by ensuring there are a range of jobs available for our residents. It is why we will fight to keep the HMRC offices in the city and its staff in their jobs.”
The full motion and subsequent debate can be found on Coventry City Council’s website.