I am gemused to read that HMRC has decided to treat its long suffering staff to an evening out on 29th September.
The Sun reports that HMRC will be holding an in house awards night and sleepover for 100 of its top performers at a country retreat in Lincolnshire (authorised by Lesley Strathie no less), at a cost of £13K.
HMRC are of the view that staff have "gone the extra mile for the taxpayer", as such 8 "gongs" (including "Customer Service") will be awarded.
I don't question that rewarding staff for good performance is a good thing. However, I am not entirely convinced that an "Oscar" night will really be that meaningful to the staff, nor do I think that the political ramifications of taxpayers funding this event (given the performance and "brand reputation" of HMRC) have been entirely thought through.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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