About us

The Adjudicator’s Office investigates complaints about HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). We review Home Office decisions on entitlement to compensation, under the Windrush Compensation Scheme. In addition we investigate complaints about how the Home Office handled a claim for compensation. The Adjudicator’s Office will consider if the organisation has applied its rules, standards, guidance and codes of practice fairly and consistently. Our decisions are based on the factual evidence of the complaint or review request.

What we do

The Adjudicator’s Office role is to:

  • provide an accessible and flexible service and make fair and impartial decisions
  • support and encourage effective resolution
  • use insight and expertise to support the organisations to learn from complaints and improve services to customers

Find out more about what we can look at HMRC and VOA or Home Office


The Adjudicator and Adjudicator’s Office provide an independent and impartial review of complaints.

The Adjudicator’s Office falls within the same legal entity as the Commissioners of HMRC, and the staff are employees of HMRC.

The Adjudicator is an office holder, not an employee nor an officer of HMRC, and is external to HMRC with the independent personal authority to review complaints.

The independence is preserved by the Adjudicator’s terms of appointment.

Our customer service

What you can expect from us

We will:

  • treat you politely and professionally
  • take care of the information you provide to us
  • communicate with you using plain language and avoid jargon
  • explain how we handle your complaint

What we expect from you

We expect you to treat our staff and the service we provide with respect. Our customer actions policy explains how we manage unacceptable actions.

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