Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Problems at HMRC wont be solved by change in personnel

Commenting on today's announcement that HMRC Chief Executive Lin Homer will step down in April, the SNP's member on the Public Accounts Committee, Deidre Brock MP said:-

"Lin Homer has had a long career as a civil servant and I wish her well in her future endeavours."

"The deep-rooted problems with HMRC won't be resolved by this change in personnel however but by a change in policy from the UK Government. Their careless approach to tackling tax evasion and avoidance, coupled with their obsession with cuts at all costs, has created the crisis in the department.

"The Public Accounts Committee's recent reports found HMRC weren't doing anywhere near enough to tackle aggressive tax avoidance and that customer service had fallen to unacceptable levels. Hundreds of thousands of people with tax credit queries found themselves hanging in queues so long they abandoned their calls.

"Last year's announcement that 137 local tax offices were to close – 17 in Scotland - flies in the face of the evidence that we need more staff to provide better service to the public– and more staff to help bring in revenue, by making sure businesses pay the tax that they're due."

NOTES TO EDITORS

Public Accounts Committee Report on the performance of the HMRC: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/news-parliament-2015/hmrc-performance-report-published-15-16/

Announcement that CE of HMRC Lin Homer to step down: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35281978

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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