PM evades question about HMRC privatisation as strike continues

This government continue to cut public services to the bone whilst increasing payments to private companies… remember, it is YOUR personal details that these private companies will then have access to; your address, your national insurance number, your bank details, your income details.
Here are some of the cock ups made by these private companies, whose main objective is not to put money into the Exchequer, but to increase profits for their shareholders.
David Cameron was asked about the potential privatisation of HMRC during prime minister’s questions.

Jim McGovern, Labour MSP for Dundee West raised the following question in parliament on Wednesday, the third day of the HMRC strike:

“On Monday morning….I joined a picket line with members of the Public and Commercial Services Union. They were protesting against the closure of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs offices in Dundee and trying to protect their terms and conditions. Their main concern, however, was that they believed there to be a government plan for the privatisation of HMRC. Will the prime minister assure those members that there will be no such plans on his watch?”

The Prime Minister refused to rule out privatisation, responding: “The plan we have for HMRC is to make it more efficient and more effective at collecting taxes from the people who should be paying them. That is the plan.”

Action continues

Meanwhile the fourth day of the strike has seen members in the Midlands and Northern Ireland refusing to go into work.  

In Coventry, where turnout was around 90%, members on the 12-strong picket line were interviewed by a raft of local media.

In Leicester, the pickets raised a sizeable amount for the group hardship fund.  

In Northern Ireland branch secretary Barney Lawn warned: “The latest plans to sack another 22,000…..will lead to the kind of backlogs we’ve seen in other parts of the civil service such as the delays in the processing of passports, leading to an unacceptable level of customer service and further hardship for our undervalued, overworked and underpaid members.”

Media coverage

Today’s action has been covered by:

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8 Responses to PM evades question about HMRC privatisation as strike continues

  1. sdbast says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.


  2. beastrabban says:

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Apart from questions of efficiency and the quality of the service the company will deliver – which, let’s face it, will be absolutely rubbish is the experience of the outsourced industries are any guide – there is the fundamental principle here that sensitive information on an individual’s private financial relationship with the state should stay with the state, and not be given to a private company for their own profit.


    • That is exactly the point Beast…whenever I raise this issue I am told “Oh it’s OK, they’ll have to sign the Official Secrets Act, so there won’t be any problem” but I have to say I am not convinced; the employees of these private companies are, generally speaking, on national minimum wage. It would only take someone to offer them a financial incentive to release the data they’ve got access to and they’d probably be willing to take the money and run!


  3. jaypot2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    He will sell the fresh air if he could – Cameron and the HMRC…


  4. hugosmum70 says:

    who ARE these people who HE (Cameron) thinks should be paying taxes???? i bet its not his damned cronies that hes helped and is still helping to feather their nests. it’ll be people like those on minimum wage/benefits etc pensioners on pension credit, those who are below the level for paying income the moment who will be made to pay tax instead.. you see if im not right. he DARE NOT bring in any rules that would make those multi-billion pound turnover firms pay, that evade doing so now. and have done so for a long time. they have a hold over him or pay into the conservative coffers


    • The thing that makes me laugh Hugosmum, is that the accountants who “assist” the government in drafting tax legislation are the very same accountants who “assist” their clients in avoiding income tax …conflict of interest anyone!


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