ARC in Parliament

Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) - the section of the FDA representing senior HMRC staff - organised an Parliament event last autumn to increase understanding around reducing the tax gap, especially tackling high-end avoidance. 

Chaired by the Financial Times tax correspondent Vanessa Houlder, the event included speeches from Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke MP; Shadow Exchequer Secretary Catherine McKinnell MP; Chair of the Liberal Democrats Backbench Treasury Committee Stephen Williams MP; and ARC President (and FDA Vice President) Gareth Hills. Richard Miller, Chief Executive of Action Aid UK, also spoke about the implications of tax avoidance for developing countries.  


Speaking at the 'Closing the Tax Gap' event: Richard Miller; ARC President Gareth Hills;
Vanessa Houlder; David Gauke MP; Shadow Exchequer Secretary Catherine McKinnell MP;
and Stephen Williams MP

Hills said: “ARC members are not faceless bureaucrats but real people. Real people striving every day to serve the Government and the public.

"Real people delivering for the nation. Real people who deserve adequate resource, proper recognition of the work they do and fair reward for doing it”. 

ARC event 9 September 2013

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman; Richard Miller; Gareth Hills; and Vanessa Houlder

Hills explained that the event was just the start of ARC's work to debunk tax myths.

The union aims to increase public awareness of why tax matters and how the work of ARC members funds essential services, including schools, hospitals and libraries.

Click here for a more detailed report from this event

Photos by Philip Wolmuth