Responding to the loss of millions of Child Benefit records in Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said:
"The extremely serious loss of confidential data should be set in the context of the enormous pressure being placed on HMRC by government imposed job cuts totalling 25,000 by 2011, the recent merger and massive ongoing restructuring, which will see large scale office closures. With additional security checks expected to be put in place for people claiming and making enquiries about Child Benefit we urge the government to put extra resources into HMRC rather than continuing with cutting jobs.
"The union and its members are co-operating with the department and the authorities in their enquiries into the missing Child Benefit data."
Notes to editors
- For further information, interviews and comment please contact: Alex Flynn PCS national press officer on 020 7801 2820 or 07833 978216.
- PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union is the union representing civil and public servants in central government. It has more than 315,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies. It also represents workers in parts of government transferred to the private sector. PCS is the UK's sixth largest union and is affiliated to the TUC. The general secretary is Mark Serwotka and the president is Janice