Fifty new jobs are coming to the HMRC site in Dover. The Priory Court building currently employs around 150 full time equivalent employees – but it will become the new Dover Specialist Site accommodating some 200.
It includes moving around 30 roles from Maidstone's Organised Crime and Mobile Enforcement Teams as well as 20 new specialist compliance roles, adding to the 120 already there. The staff will work in HMRC's intelligence teams – tackling fraud and assessing risk – in close co-operation with Border Force and the National Crime Agency.
It was revealed in a letter to me from HMRC's chief executive Jon Thompson, who made the case for more investment at the Dover frontline.
Fifty jobs coming to our area is fantastic news, especially when there had been fears the Dover office might close. Yet we made the case for Dover and HMRC listened. It means we have actually beefed up border security resources here at the frontline ahead of Brexit, which is exactly what I have been calling for.
"But I want to see even more investment. As well as extra staff, we need more resources and state-of-the-art technology to deliver the truly modern, secure border our nation needs.
In his letter, Jon Thompson wrote: "I am now pleased to be able to confirm that having considered options in the Dover area we will be retaining our existing site for the foreseeable future and that, from 1 April 2021, the site will become our Dover Specialist Site.
"Priory Court will accommodate around 200 full time equivalent employees, more people than we currently have based there, in specialist compliance roles within our Fraud and Intelligence and Risk and Intelligence teams.
"They will work closely with colleagues in Border Force and National Crime Agency who are also located on the site.
"It makes operational sense to have our Specialist Teams in one location. Dover is already an important strategic location for our Fraud Investigation Service and EU Exit makes it more important than ever to boost our presence there."
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