HM Revenue & Customs' Estate Private Finance Deal Eight Years On

HC 30, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2009-2010

National Audit Office (NAO)
TSO (The Stationery Office)

In 2001 the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise planned to reduce their running costs by transferring ownership or leases of around 60% of its estate (591 properties) to a private contractor, Mapeley. They had the opportunity to save up to 1.2 billion by reducing the size of the estate. However, in 'HM Revenue & Customs' Estate Private Finance Deal Eight Years On (HC 30)' the NAO concludes that the merged HM Revenue & Customs has not achieved value for money on the contract, as it had no long-term plan and has not obtained all available savings.

The existence of the contract allowed for a smooth estates merger, following the merger of the two departments in 2005. HMRC has the flexibility to vacate up to 60% of its estate over the 20 year contract, allowing it to save up to 1.2 billion. But it has not recognised the contract as a major strategic asset nor committed appropriate commercial skills to managing it. As a result, the total possible savings available now amount to 900 million.

There is now a significant risk that HMRC will not achieve value for money over the rest of the contract unless it strengthens its management of the contract. There needs to be active management at Board level and HMRC needs to develop an estates strategy.

Extent 29 pages ISBN 9780102963298
Size A4 Price £14.35
Format Paperback Published 03 Dec 2009
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