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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Lin Homer's Banquo's Ghost - The UKBA
My sympathies to Lin Homer (recently appointed CEO of HMRC) who must have thought that she had left the muck and mire of her previous role as CEO of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) behind her.
Unfortunately, for her, the Banquo's ghost of the UKBA is not so easily banished.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has estimated that around one in six of student visas granted (approximately 50,000) went to workers whose intention was to take jobs.
The NAO has also criticised the UK Border Agency for failing to remove from the UK an estimated 160,000 migrants whose visas have expired.
These fresh blows to the "reputation" of the UKBA (and by inference those who ran it - take a bow Lin) come on top of previous revelations about the incompetence of the UKBA (eg the 500,000 passengers who were allowed into Britain on Eurostar trains without checks against the database of known terrorists and criminals).
Margaret Hodge (Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee) is less than impressed, and has stated that she is "shocked" by the report.
This doesn't bode well for Lin Homer, as it is expected that she will be called upon to appear before PAC to explain her role in the UKBA shambles. Given that Ms Hodge already has form wrt HMRC, it is likely that Homer will face quite a grilling.
Can someone please remind me why Homer was appointed to head HMRC?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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