I was interested to read the story about staff morale at HMRC (Staff morale at HMRC so poor it needs its own 'truth and reconciliation' body, News, July 15).
Labour's shadow treasury secretary, Cathy Jamieson, is quoted as saying that "if they are serious about stopping tax avoidance, the Government must ensure that HMRC is properly staffed, resourced, and has a good working environment where staff feel they are valued".
It was the last Labour government that slashed more than 30,000 HMRC jobs. Civil service unions pointed out the financial folly of this at the time.
It was the last Labour government that introduced costly and less efficient private-sector companies to perform the roles normally carried out by the public sector. This has cost the UK taxpayer tens of millions of pounds. The current government have picked up Labour's ball.
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