More HMRC resource equals more tax, lower borrowing and a healthier UK PLC, says HMRC union

Wednesday 23 November 2016

(For immediate release)

Following the announcement prior to the Autumn Statement that Government borrowing had fallen by more than expected to £4.8bn in October - £1.6bn lower than for the same month last year - thanks to a record amount of tax income for that month, President of the Association of Revenue and Customs Vicky Johnson said:

"The Chancellor must recognise the achievements of HMRC and invest in more resources, together with a fairer pay system that would properly recognise the hours worked and experience of staff.

"A properly resourced and rewarded HMRC would result in more tax, lower borrowing and a healthier UK PLC.".

Notes for editors

1. The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) is a union representing senior staff in HM Revenue and Customs, including tax inspectors, accountants, lawyers, managers and other leading professionals. ARC represents members in HMRC at grade 7 and above, and also trainees in the grade 7 entry schemes. It is also a section of the FDA.

2. 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.

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".

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·         Kay Hender, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.