PCS says HMRC should be leading by example by providing affordable nursery access


Parents and children are today protesting against plans by HM Revenue and Customs to close its eight workplace nurseries.

The nurseries are popular, affordable and of a good quality, and receive no subsidy from HMRC. They are used mostly by HMRC staff, but some also care for children from local families.

While the facilities are run by a private company, the decision to shut them from November has been taken by the department.

As well as scores of nursery workers facing redundancy, closures would leave parents without enough time to find alternative childcare. Many have said they would have to reduce their hours, give up work or end up paying much more.

PCS says organisations like HMRC should be leading by example in providing affordable nursery access and promoting family friendly policies.

The eight affected workplaces are in Blackburn, Cardiff, East Kilbride, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham, Salford and Wolverhampton.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “There is no justification for these closures and the decision raises serious concerns about HMRC’s attitude to families and carers.

“At a time when they can least afford it, parents now face another hit on their living standards and scores of nursery workers are facing redundancy.”

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