Archive for August 18th, 2010


Customs staff sacked in race probe

August 18, 2010

Seven Revenue and Customs staff have been sacked for racially abusing non-nationals who claimed child benefit, it has been revealed.

All nine were based at an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) contact centre in Belfast. It is understood they were accused of tampering with computer records, which meant a number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in various parts of the UK were paid less money than they were entitled to. All have now been fully imbursed. The resignations and sackings of the nine men followed an internal investigation into allegations of racially-motivated conduct going back to the second half of last year. It is understood the nine men were suspended once the investigation started, but two quit immediately.