HMRC boss Lin Homer steps down amid cuts to department

HMRC CEO announces resignation

The CEO of HMRC has announced she is stepping down after 36 years as a civil servant.

Lin Homer has been in the role for four years, leading the department through big changes, including losing 40% of staff over the last decade.

Prior to her role as CEO, Homer was permanent secretary at the Department for Transport and CEO at the UK Border Agency.

Announcing she was stepping down, Homer said:

“After ten years as a chief executive and permanent secretary in the civil service, the start of the next Spending Review period seemed to be a sensible time to move on. HMRC has secured ministerial support and funding for our 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.”

She said the department’s plans have full backing from the government.

She added: “HMRC is a critical organisation which does vital things – to collect the revenues to pay for public services, support families with targeted financial support and facilitate trade for UK businesses. I have found commitment to public service and dedication to customers among our people wherever I have been, coupled with a deep level of specialist expertise and operational excellence.”

Last year, HMRC was forced to cut a further £80m from its budget after shedding two-fifths of its workforce. It was criticised for delays in answering the phone to members of the public and, in July 2015, possibly hinting at the strain the department was under, Homer said: “There will inevitably be impacts on what we will be able to achieve and there is little prospect that we can absorb these cuts without some business impacts”.

When the announcement of Homer’s departure was made, Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.”

Homer currently plans to take time off before looking for another role.



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Readers' comments (2)

  • Well is that the end of her illustrious career of failures?

    Failed Border agency
    Failure of the HMRC to give even half decent service or collect tax from big business

    Wonder what she did to mess up at the .DfT is anyone guess, trains, roads who knows?

    But what a perfect Civil Servant, the art of blaming anyone else but themselves!

    Suspect this might be a push rather than a jump -Having just had to deal with the incompetence of HRMC I would definitely give her a helping shove!

    Should add nothing to do with the front line staff who were great', just the incompetence of their management!

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  • Smells a bit like get out quick with her damehood before anyone realises that she was actually pretty crap at her job(s). Quite why she deserves an honour is anyone's guess..

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