Why, oh why are HMRC jobs going when we have a massive tax gap?

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HM Revenue & Customs admit the UK tax gap exceeds £35 billion a year.

I argue it exceeds £95 billion on top of which there is a mountain of tax paid late.

And yet the BBC are reporting that:

More than 700 jobs are under threat in three tax offices in north-west England, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has said.

Consultation has begun with staff in Bootle, Merseyside, Preston in Lancashire and in Salford.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is deciding whether 3,900 fixed-term contracts across the UK should be terminated when they end in March 2014.

If anyone can see any logic in laying off tax staff when there is money to be collected perhaps they'd like to explain what it is.

As far as I can see, this is simply a case of the government not wanting to collect tax because that way they can impose cuts, shrink the state and impose stress on those Boris Johnson likes to abuse. I am quite sure these events are connected and that's why I oppose all such cuts.

And yes, I will add that i work with PCS: I'm proud to do so because they and the FDA are seeking to uphold the tradition of the civil service in this area.