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Thursday, 23 February 2012
Rewarding Failure - Lin Homer
I am gemused to read that MPs have finally woken up to the fact that Lin Homer (recently appointed £180K per annum CEO of HMRC) has a track record of failure in her previous roles.
Keith Vaz is quoted in the Telegraph:
"Successive Home Affairs Select Committee reports criticised the operations at the UKBA whilst it was under the leadership of Lin Homer.
The Vine report endorses the Select Committee’s view that this has been a dysfunctional organisation for a number of years.
It is important to know if the selection panel for Ms Homer was aware of these concerns. We should never be seen to be rewarding failure.”
I am also rather gemused to see that, despite the fact that I warned about Homer's track record in December 2011, The Telegraph and The Mail are only now (3 months later) reporting her promotion and highlighting her failures.
Wake up lads!
Anyhoo, here is the Telegraph's article:
"Ms Homer, 54, who led the UKBA through a string of scandals, will be paid £180,000 a year in the new post, prompting MPs to warn against “rewarding failure”.
During her time as chief executive of the UKBA from 2008 to 2011, Ms Homer received nearly £1 million in salary and bonuses, while the department was dealt a series of highly critical reports by MPs.
Her tenure saw hundreds of foreign prisoners and more than 100,000 asylum seekers told they could stay in Britain – a figure MPs said amounted to an “amnesty”.
A report this week by John Vine, Chief Inspector of the UKBA, heavily criticised the department over failures which allowed hundreds of thousands of people into Britain without proper checks.
Labour MP Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Daily Mail
“Successive Home Affairs Select Committee reports criticised the operations at the UKBA whilst it was under the leadership of Lin Homer.
“The Vine report endorses the Select Committee’s view that this has been a dysfunctional organisation for a number of years.”
Referring to her HMRC promotion, he added: “It is important to know if the selection panel for Ms Homer was aware of these concerns. We should never be seen to be rewarding failure.”
Ms Homer has occupied a series of powerful roles in a civil service career spanning three decades.
Following her first major town hall job as chief executive of Suffolk Council, she was parachuted in to run Birmingham City Council in 2002 on a £174,000 salary.
The city was embroiled in a major postal votes scandal that ended up before the courts during her time there.
Election judge Richard Mawrey said fraud in the city “would have disgraced a banana republic".
In 2005, she was picked by the Home Office to run the Immigration and Nationality Directorate on a £200,000-a-year wage.
Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke was forced to resign during her watch when in 2006 it emerged that 1,000 foreign criminals had been mistakenly released.
Ms Homer was instrumental in shaping the new UKBA was made its chief executive in 2008, becoming one of Britain’s highest paid civil servants.
In both 2009-10 and 2008-9 Ms Homer was paid, including bonus, between £225,000 and £230,000.
HMRC defended Ms Homer’s appointment, saying she had a “strong track record”.
Chancellor George Osborne also voiced his support, saying: “As was made clear by the Home Secretary’s decision, the problems at UKBA were structural.
“Lin Homer is a very able public servant who is already bringing positive change to HMRC, building on the good work already going on in the department.”
Anyone care to take a guess as to how long she will remain in her role?
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