Post Office executives and managers share £15million bonus pot as branches struggle to survive
Post Office executives and managers are being paid £15.4million in bonuses – as many sub-postmasters see their incomes slashed.
More than £2million was shared between just nine top executives and senior managers, including Paula Vennells, chief executive of the state-owned postal service, who earns £463,000 a year.
The other £13million went to managers and staff. The National Federation of Sub-Postmasters, which obtained the figures for 2012/2013 under a Freedom of Information request, condemned the payments as a “kick in the teeth” for its members and called for an urgent review of the bonus system. Read more
Stephen Hayward | The Daily Mail | 30th June 2013
Education ministry gives go-ahead to two-thirds of Christian faith schools
The Department for Education this year approved only one in five applications to open Islamic and Hindu faith schools as part of the government’s flagship free schools programme, while accepting applications from two out of three mainstream Christian faith schools, based on analysis of data released under a freedom of information request.
The data also showed that the DfE accepted only 102 entrants from 263 applications to open free schools from September 2014, in the fourth wave of free school openings since the policy was launched by the education secretary, Michael Gove.
A comparison of the failed and successful applications showed that efforts to start 18 Islamic faith schools were rejected by the DfE, while six were accepted. Read more
Richard Adams | The Guardian | 28th June 2013
Health watchdog put 20 gagging orders on staff
The Care Quality Commission, which has come under fire for its behaviour over the scandal at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust’s maternity unit, spent nearly £17 million of taxpayers’ money in redundancy payments for as many as 400 staff in the past four years.
Of these, at least 20 were bound by secrecy orders preventing them from speaking publicly about the failings of the organisation.
The figures, obtained by The Sunday Telegraph through freedom of information legislation, will confirm the fears of critics that the CQC spent millions disbanding teams of expert inspectors, who were trained in assessing the performance of specific departments and disciplines, and replaced them with generic inspectors who had little expertise in the fields they were examining. Read more