9 December 2011
For immediate release
The appointment of Lin Homer as the new permanent secretary of HM Revenue and Customs has been welcomed by the FDA, which represents senior managers and professionals in the department.
Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, said:
"We welcome the appointment of Lin Homer, who has experience of managing large and complex organisations, and look forward to working with her. She joins the department at a difficult time and faces some formidable challenges. There are continuing problems of staff engagement, highlighted by the annual staff survey, and real difficulties arising from the continuing reduction in resources. An often vindictive public campaign of misinformation about tax policy issues and the role of individuals is also undermining morale.
"We also welcome Dave Hartnett's agreement to postpone his retirement from HMRC until next summer to help ensure a smooth transition, and the restructuring of senior posts, which will give greater clarity and accountability at the top of the department."
Notes for editors
1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.
2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.
3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".
4. For further information contact:
- Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.
- Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.