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Thursday, 6 November 2008
The House of Commons Treasury Sub-committee put the boot into HMRC last week, over the £88K payoff to Stuart Cruickshank (the ex CFO of HMRC).
The sum is believed to include costs for Cruickshank's legal advice and "outplacement counselling".
Cruickshank took the role in December 2006, and left in March 2008.
At the time of the announcement about his departure HMRC were reluctant to talk about how much his severance pay would be.
Now that it is out in the open, MP's are puzzled.
George Mudie MP said:
"If we are paying somebody £88K to break their contract ... they should be paying us."
Dave Hartnett told the committee that Cruickshank had not necessarily wanted to go "at that time".
How odd that, at the time, HMRC told The Times:
"Stuart Cruickshank, the Revenue claims, was on a 'standard Civil Service fixed-term appointment contract' and was always expected to leave".
Hartnett appears to have forgotten this.
Anyhoo, he has agreed to provide further details of the payout.
"We needed a chief finance officer committed to HMRC."
Odd to imply Cruickshank wasn't committed, given the article in The Gasette Autumn 2007 that I referred to in January 2008:
"The really odd thing is that reading page 12 of The Gasette (The magazine for government finance professionals) Autumn 2007, I get the distinct impression that Cruickshank, and indeed The Gasette, thought that he would be around for longer than a year".
Tax does have to be taxing.
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