Thursday, 27 December 2018

Nice work if you can get it

The Taxpayers' Alliance have published their Nanny State Rich List and it will make the blood of any reasonable person boil. There are now 353 people in the 'public health' racket earning more than £100,000 (up from 325 in 2014/15). Of these, 241 work for the vast, unaccountable money-pit that is Public Health England, including 13 who are on more than £150,000. The chief executive - my pal Duncan Selbie - takes home £187,500 but he is only the sixth best paid member of staff.

Most of the other fat cats tireless public servants work at local authorities as Directors of Public Health, including 17 who are on more than £150,000. In Essex, the 'director of wellbeing, public health and communities' was sponging £194,020 from taxpayers (plus pensions and benefits) in 2017/18 while Lesley Mountford in Stoke trousered her salary of £131,836 plus a golden handshake of £209,546.

Worth remembering when you hear about the supposedly savage cuts to the public health budget* and the devastating impact of inequality.

*The public health budget for local authorities will be "only" £3.1 billion in 2019/20 plus Public Health England's sizeable operating budget and many other taxpayer-funded scams, such as statutory funding for ASH. 

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