A couple of days ago The Telegraph reported about HMRC staff's furious reaction to Lin Homer's £20K bonus:
"Lin Homer, the chief of HM Revenue and Customs, has been hit by a furious backlash from her staff after accepting a £20,000 bonus.All very well and headline grabbing, except that it is somewhat old news.
Mrs Homer was asked how “you think you can justify” taking the reward on top of a £185,000 salary, while thousands of her civil servants saw the value of their pay packets shrink.In a question and answer session on the HMRC staff intranet, one employee pointed out that the package is more than the sum taken home by secretarial staff in a year.Mrs Homer acknowledged that the bonus has “generated some strong feelings”, adding: “I do get paid a lot”.She is one of a number of senior civil servants to take home five-figure rewards.The employee, writing anonymously, said: “Can you please tell everyone how you think you can justify the £20,000? This is when all my colleagues have had to put up with either a one per cent or no increase on their wages in the last few years, that in real money equates to a wage decrease.
“The bonus you are receiving is actually more than an administrative officer or administrative assistant’s salary!”
The questioner added that, if her performance pay was calculated on the same basis as that for all other staff, it would be 1.95 per cent, or £3,607."
For it was reported on this very site 1 August 2014.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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