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Dame Lin Homer resigns as HMRC chief executive

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HMRC chief executive Dame Lin Homer has announced she will be leaving HMRC in April, after four years as chief executive and permanent secretary. ‘After ten years … in the civil service, the start of the next Spending Review period seemed to be a sensible time to move on,’ she said in a statement. ‘HMRC has secured ministerial support and funding for its ambitious transformation programme and it has the leadership team in place to deliver it. My successor will be able to put their full weight behind seeing the transformation through to 2020.’ Homer added that she is ‘not currently actively seeking her next role’ and intends to take a break over the summer.

Chancellor George Osborne said: ‘Lin Homer has made a real contribution to public service modernisation and transformation. She has put the foundations in place that will see HMRC become one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world. It is to Lin’s great credit that the National Audit Office last year judged HMRC to be one of the strongest departments in government – a legacy of which she can be rightly proud.’

However, Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: ‘We do not believe Lin Homer has been a force for good at HMRC and she leaves a department wracked by low staff morale, a highly politicised senior civil service and with industrial relations the worst we have ever known. Her departure is an opportunity to put these things right and we hope this initiative is seized, so we can work with senior officials to rebuild trust and put HMRC back together with the resources it needs to do its vital work.’

HMRC says a process is now underway to select a new chief executive.

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