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Diggle &#39moves on&#39 from influential Revenue role

Mystery surrounds the future of influential Inland Revenue civil servant Paula Diggle after it was confirmed she has left her position as head of savings and investment policy.

Industry sources claim she may have left the Revenue altogether while a Revenue spokeswoman would only say she has “moved on to other work” but would not say whether this meant leaving the department or the civil service.

Sources say they have been told by civil servants that a replacement will be appointed in the coming months.

It is believed her involvement in the proposed £1.4m lifetime contribution limit in the Revenue taxation paper, which is claimed to have been her idea, may be viewed as a miscalculation by some in the Government and may have led to her changing roles.

A Revenue spokeswoman says: “At the end of February, following the major contribution she made to the Inland Revenue consultation on pension taxation, Paula Diggle has moved on to other work.”

A political consultant says: “We know that she has gone from her pivotal role in financial services policy. The expectation is her replacement will be named in the coming months.”

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