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The BBC’s “BUREAUCRATS IN NEED” appeal is coming

You’ve probably noticed that the BBC is gearing up for its annual CHILDREN IN NEED appeal. The big night is Friday 14 November.

The BBC claims that “every penny you give makes a difference”. But a difference for whom? The children in need? Or the BBC bureaucrats and pen-pushers?

Before you hand over your money, let me just tell you a few inconvenient truths about this great charitable event. Then you can judge for yourself whether you really should be throwing your already heavily-taxed cash into that great, corrupt, politically-biased, left-wing, steaming cesspit of parasitical, self-serving, overpaid, over-pensioned bureaucrats that is the BBC.

The BBC’s CHILDREN IN NEED charity only has 75 employees. But they seem to be awfully lucky employees indeed. While the average employee cost (salary, NI and pension contributions) at our larger charities is between £20,000 and £30,000, the employee cost at the BBC’s CHILDREN IN NEED is a wonderful £48,973. That’s more than double employee costs at charities like Oxfam and Save the Children and massively higher than employee costs at the Red Cross and Christian Aid:

children in need employee costs 2014 blog

Moreover, the CHILDREN IN NEED boss managing these 75 people (probably all based in comfortable offices in Central London) pocketed about £110,440 of our ‘charitable donations’ last year. That’s more than the boss at Oxfam who got just £109,000 for managing 5,046 employees across the world, many of them in some of the world’s most dangerous countries.

Current employees at the BBC’s CHILDREN IN NEED are fortunate enough to be eligible for one of the most generous pension schemes in Britain – the BBC’s ‘final salary’ pension scheme, which will give them guaranteed, inflation-protected pensions for the rest of their lives.

Sadly for us licence-fee payers and for contributors to CHILDREN IN NEED, the BBC’s pension scheme is so unbelievably generous to BBC employees that it doesn’t have enough money to meet its liabilities. No problem – the BBC has decided to fatten up its own pension scheme with our money. Over the next 11 years around £905,000,000 extra of our money (in addition to the regular contributions the BBC makes each month for each employee) will be put into the BBC pension scheme to ensure all BBC employees can have a comfortable, secure, well-rewarded retirement at our expense. In fact, the BBC has already begun this glorious (for BBC employees) fattening with an extra £110,000,000 of our money being shoved into its pension scheme on 28 March 2011.

As for the CHILDREN IN NEED part of this pension scheme, it was also underfunded and so in 2012 got an extra £186,000 of our money and then an extra £247,000 of our money in 2013.

Of course, we should support worthy charities. But there is really no need to allow greedy, money-grabbing, self-serving BBC bureaucrats to take a cut of everything we give. Why not just find a local charity and give directly? These over-paid, over-pensioned, self-regarding BBC bureaucrats are laughing at our stupidity and gullibility while grabbing huge amounts of our supposed ‘charitable donations’ for themselves.

Maybe it’s time to put an end to their party?

And if you know anyone who might be tempted to give their money to these lucky BBC bureaucrats, perhaps you should send them a link to today’s blog?

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4 comments to The BBC’s “BUREAUCRATS IN NEED” appeal is coming

  • NoMore

    Thanks, educational, eye-opening and enraging as usual!

  • james

    I always find your articles excellent and informing. Have you considered adding social media link buttons for Facebook and Twitter so that I and others could spread your message more easily?

  • glenda anthony

    i think its disgusting thought the money went to charity wont give anymore, you need to sort this NOW

  • markskoda

    Wogan has pocketed huge sums for presenting this farce from 1978 until 2007 when he was rumbled by the publishing of BBC documents. A cool quarter of a million quid as he was paid at the rate of around £10,000 per annum. Apparently he knew nothing of it because it came direct from the BBC and his agent and accountant handled it.

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