It seems the solids have hit the ventilating system on the remuneration of charity chiefs – and about time too. The Telegraph leads with the story that 30 of them are paid more than £100,000. 11 of them paid more than the Prime Minister.
How they must laugh at the British Council. The illustration here is taken from the 2010-2011 British Council annual report and so is out of date, and I am sure the figures today will reflect a further couple of annual pay rises of 10% such as the “Chief Executive” enjoyed the previous year. But there it is in the audited accounts of the British Council. Loadsamoney. And who pays for this excess? We do. And please don’t tell me it’s necessary to pay this monstrous salary (and outrageous pension) to attract quality. It is straightforward abuse, and the British Council trustees who condone this are an ongoing disgrace.
It is of course endemic in the British Council. Look carefully at this further extract from the same report and you can see that in 2009-2010 the British Council paid over £23 million pounds to sweeten the departure of its staff (including more than £300,000 to just one individual). All that in a year when there were reportedly no compulsory redundancies. In other words this supposed charity gave £23 million of our money in that year to a selection of its own employees, and they said thank you and good night. And this is the organisation that claims to compete fairly with the private sector. There must be someone in government with half a brain cell who can see that this is intolerable. WTF is government for anyway?