I deserve £20,000 bonus, says HMRC chief

Reposted from the Telegraph

Is this woman for real or what? So her staff are having a pay increase of between 0.5% and 1% and she gets a “bonus” of £20K which is more than some of her staff earn (average HMRC pay is £17800) How do these people get these jobs?


Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC

Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC Photo: Getty

The Chief Executive of HMRC has said she “deserved” a bonus worth up to £20,000 last year, despite overseeing a £1.9 billion error that saw officials overstating the amount of extra revenue they were collecting.

Lin Homer said she should keep on to a bonus worth between £15,000-£20,000, saying it reflected “a very good performance”. It came on top of a £185,000 salary. She received the same bonus last year.

Four other executives earning more than £120,000 took home bonuses worth between £5,000 and £15,000, according to the latest HMRC accounts.

They were Jim Harra, the director general of business tax; Nick Lodge, the director general of benefits and credits; Jennie Grainger, the director general of enforcement and compliance; and Ruth Owen, the director general of personal tax.

The executive bonus pool of up to £70,000 was higher than last year’s of £55,000.

It was despite HMRC admitting it had set a target for tax collection too low, meaning officials claimed to have over-shot their goal by £2 billion, when in fact the increase was merely £100 million. MPs said the public had been “misled” by the “worrying” mistake.

Ms Homer said the bonuses were not a result of the faulty baseline.

“We have tried to make sure we are rewarding a very good performance from a number of people,” she told the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

“I’m confident the bonuses that were given out were deserved. I don’t feel that anything we’ve explained to you has warranted any review of that.”

It comes as HMRC faces heavy criticism over plans to allow it to raid bank accounts of people accused of avoiding taxes without permission from a judge. MPs have warned it violates the Magna Carta.

Lin Homer was accused of a “catastrophic leadership failure” when she was the head of UK Border Agency after it failed to improve far in five years.

MPs on the Home Affairs select committee said they were “astounded” she was appointed head of HMRC given UKBA’s performance. Ms Homer said it was unfair to blame her for a vast backlog of immigration cases that was uncovered after she left office.

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11 Responses to I deserve £20,000 bonus, says HMRC chief

  1. Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs and commented:
    “how do people get these jobs?” Exactly! More to the point, with globalisation, free movement of labour, swathes of unemployed graduates, I don’t believe that these posts could not be filled by equally competent, if not more competent people, on less than a 6-figure salary. Why hasn’t a government zealous about cutting expenditure to the bone, not prioritised an enquiry into why top public posts are so over-remunerated.


  2. Mike Sivier says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    If this woman deserves £20K for failing to do her sums properly, I should get a fortune for the way I keep managing to put two and two together and get results that really do add up!
    Life doesn’t work like that in the real world – here, she’d be told to get over herself and get on with it; if she wants more money she can go find a different job (we’d ALL be better-off).
    But she works in Toryland. She’ll probably get more.


  3. Alan Grimes says:

    Well so far she has overseen waiting times for a reconsideration rise to the old waiting time for an appeal, then the appeal time has risen as well because they take so long to get their case together. Unforgivable that people can be waiting 15-18 months to get anywhere. In industry she would have been fired a long time ago!


  4. JC says:

    In any other job you would be sacked and probably not get another job…but not in politics. Mess up as much as you like and just get shuffled round to another role – so long as your face fits… :/


  5. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    Unbelievable. Where do they find these people???
    Send them back!


  6. jaypot2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal.


  7. beastrabban says:

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    This is merely par for the course for a process that began way back under John Major. Private Eye covered then the way company bosses awarded themselves huge ‘performance related pay’ bonuses, while cutting jobs and wages for the rest of the workforce. The same bosses also managed to drive previously successful companies right into the ground, before they left with another golden handshake. This whole culture of reward for exploitation and incompetence needs to be tackled, but again, this would be unpopular as it would cause massive squeals and whines of protest from the captains of industry at the CBI.


  8. Pingback: Lin Homer “I do get paid a lot” | glynismillward189

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