A little poking and prodding beneath the surface on the shock announcement of around 2,500 Civil Service jobs being lost in Bootle and Netherton leads to more head scratching as to why.
Yes, HMRC seems determined to move them about 4 or 5 miles down the road to central Liverpool, yet that is completely at odds with previous Government policy which brought Civil Service jobs to Bootle because of its parlous economic situation in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. That parlous economic situation is hardly much improved so why put the policy into reverse?
I am told that HMRC made the decision itself and that it was not one imposed by Government. Even odder then but could it be that the present generation of HMRC officials in London simply do not know why the jobs were put in Bootle in the first place? I am beginning to wonder.
But we also hear that the Speaker of the House of Commons is seemingly unhappy with the way that HMRC announced its plans without bring them to the Commons.
Could this all unravel? Well it could, especially if Sefton Council digs in for the fight but as I said in my last posting on this subject that will mean them standing out against a predatory Liverpool Council who will gain from Bootle’s loss and who call most of the shots on Merseyside.
More news when I get it.