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Benefits and Credits Director General to leave HMRC

Steve Lamey, Director General for Benefits and Credits, is leaving HM Revenue & Customs after eight years, to take up a post in the private sector.

Steve was appointed as Chief Information Officer in 2004, before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He was also an HMRC commissioner and took up his present post as Director General for Benefits and Credits in September 2008.

In Benefits and Credits, Steve has turned around the Tax Credits operation, transforming the service to customers while preparing for the introduction of Universal Credit and making significant progress in cutting the level of error and fraud in the system. In the current tax credits year, Steve has overseen a record £1.49 billion of tax credits fraud and error losses prevented, against a target of £1.4 billion at this stage in the cycle.

Steve joined the department from BG Group in 2004. He is taking up a new role as Chief Operating Officer for the IT services company Kelway, and will formally leave HMRC on 16 July.

Steve Lamey said:

"I have really enjoyed the challenges of working in HMRC and to have played a part in transforming this major department, alongside so many professional and committed colleagues."

Lin Homer, Chief Executive, said:

"I am sorry that Steve is leaving HMRC, and wish him well in his new role. He has been a key player in HMRC since he arrived, making an enormous contribution to the work of the department in all of his roles. This contribution has continued, with the move towards the introduction of Universal Credit and in his efforts to reduce error and fraud in the tax credits system while improving the experience for Tax Credit and Child Benefit customers."

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