HUDDERSFIELD’S tax office is to be axed by 2011, says a leaked document.

Crown House on Southgate is among dozens of buildings earmarked for closure across West Yorkshire under proposals by the Government’s Revenue and Customs.

Some 130 staff will be involved in Huddersfield. They will be offered compulsory transfer to Bradford.

If that is inappropriate for any of them they will lose their jobs.

The move – to reduce the number of civil servants nationally – will see more than 25,000 job cuts in tax offices alone.

Centres in Dewsbury, Halifax, Leeds, Wakefield and Skipton are expected to be among the first casualties.

They will be closed in the next 12 to 18 months.

Crown House will be vacated by 2011, along with offices in Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract and Shipley.

It is believed services will then be centralised at regional offices in Bradford, Leeds, Harrogate and Shipley.

The news came in a leaked memo due to be published by Revenue and Customs some time this week.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents tax workers, slammed the proposals.

He said: “They are massively cutting back on jobs. Closing these offices will result in a worse service for the public because they will have to travel further for advice.

“It will also have a massive effect on people working in them, many of whom are part-time or have caring responsibilities. Moving to another office just isn’t an option for them.”

Six West Yorkshire MPs – including Huddersfield’s Barry Sheerman – have joined the fight against the closures.

Mr Sheerman was among MPs who met more than 400 union members at a special meeting in Bradford.

He said: “What Revenue and Customs have said doesn’t make sense.

“It was important to get skilled service jobs out of London and into the regions, but this flies in the face of that.

“What is the sense in getting communities to lower their carbon footprints to help reduce global warming and then get people to travel further to work?

“Civil servants do a vital job in our community. I’m not against less jobs in the Civil Service if it means there are more great jobs. But we are not seeing that here.

“I want to see more jobs in places like Huddersfield and Halifax, so people don’t have to travel so far to work.

“It might make sense in terms of efficiency, but what about the lives of local communities and the carbon footprint when we are trying to drive down the effects of climate change?”

Mr Sheerman said he would be discussing the proposals with Chancellor Alastair Darling.

The PCSU was in the middle of a strike ballot across the entire Civil Service. The result is due to be announced next Monday.