My thanks to several loyal readers who have alerted me to HMRC's new staff incentive programme.
It seems that ExCom have reached deep within the bowels of history, and have resurrected the British Empire.
"E is for Empire, on which the sun never sets!"
As such the Imperial Service Medal will now be awarded to selected HMRC staff who are retiring after 25 years, or more, of service.
Whilst I agree that retirement after long service should be recognised and rewarded, is the Imperial Service Medal really the right way to do this?
What about long serving staff (if there are any left) who have not yet retired?
To build a memorial, first find a million victims.
Here is the announcement from HMRC's intranet:
"HMRC is reintroducing the Imperial Service Medal to recognise the efforts and achievements of long-serving members of staff.
Awarded by the Queen on the Department's recommendation, it is given to people at AA and AO grades who have made a real contribution over at least 25 years.
Chief executive Lesley Strathie said:
'The knowledge and experience of our people is something we really should celebrate. The contribution made by some of our longest-serving people is immense, so I'm extremely pleased that it will be formally recognised in this way.'
The medal is awarded when a person retires and has been reintroduced from 1 February. It was previously recognised at various times in both the former Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise.
Nominations will come from a person's line manager and HMRC's honours secretariat has produced guidance to help them through the process."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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