The Western Mail reported yesterday some of the ridiculous salaries being paid to senior civil servants and quango members, and yet again you have to wonder why people do not get as incensed about this as the do about the comparatively modest salaries paid to elected members. Lord Rowe-Beddoe for example receives £35,000 a year for four days’ work a month as one of two deputy chairmen of the UK Statistics Authority. This equates to a full-time equivalent salary of around £175,000 – significantly more than the Prime Minister, who earns £142,500.
There is a whole list of examples of people who are incredibly well paid including 10 members of the Olympic Delivery Authority on the list who are paid up to £2.1m between them
It is quite frankly disgusting – people on the front line of public service at all levels of Government are facing cuts, yet those at the top of the tree continue to be paid handsomely.
Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards is not happy about the situation. However, his complaint is that there are so few Welsh people on the list
“The UK Government of whatever colour will always put the needs of London and the South-East of England first as this is where the key swing seats in a Westminster election are situated. The only possible salvation for the people of Wales is the empowerment of the Welsh Government with job creation levers so that we can get on with the job of developing our own conditions to stimulate a vibrant economic environment.”
So it is perfectly acceptable to continue paying out these inflated wages, and setting up these quangos, as long as more of them are in Wales!
Well done Jonathan.