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Don’t waste your money on the overpaid, over-pensioned penpushers at the BBC’s “Children in Need” charity

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the extraordinary number of supposed “charities” in Britain and suggested that the 874,829 employees and 945,278 trustees at Britain’s 180,281 charities probably did a lot better from our £58.65bn in donations than anyone actually needing charitable help http://www.snouts-in-the-trough.com/archives/5980

Since then, I’ve been looking at the average employee costs of a few of the better-known charities. Most charities seemed to come in at around the same level – the average cost of an employee (full time equivalent) including salary, NI and pension contributions is around £26,000. Save The Children seems to be lower than the average. Oxfam is a fair bit higher. But there’s one charity that really seems to be throwing donors’ money at its staff, rather than at the people it is supposed to be helping – the BBC Children In Need – where the average cost per person is an impressive £43,368 (click on chart to see more clearly)

I wonder why the BBC Children In Need staff are paid almost twice as much as staff in most other charities. Could it be because everyone working on anything connected with our bloated public broadcaster is overpaid and over-pensioned thanks to the enforced generosity of license-fee payers?

I have repeatedly argued that the BBC’s budget should be cut by 5% a year for the next 5 years and our clinically obese national broadcaster should be forced to stick to its charter – public service broadcasting – instead of making garbage in a pointless effort to compete with the increasing number of commercial channels.

Perhaps the inflated salaries and pensions of BBC Children In Need staff will further reinforce many people’s view of the BBC as a massive, self-serving, greed-ridden monstrosity that needs to be cut down to size. And if you want to give money to charity, I’d avoid giving it to the wasteful overpaid, bureaucratic parasites at the BBC Children In Need

6 comments to Don’t waste your money on the overpaid, over-pensioned penpushers at the BBC’s “Children in Need” charity

  • Paris Claims

    I once very nearly donated to Children in Need. I think it could have been the very first one. I was on the phone, half way through giving my debit card details when the filming flashed to a “youth club” in Brent. All I could see was a load of middle aged rastas smoking joints whilst playing pool. The commentator was bleating that they needed new equipment. The call was ended abruptly and the money remained in my account.

  • The Explorer

    I don’t even watch this hideous assemblage of over-paid egotistical self-promoting talentless luvvies let alone donate.

    My school pal’s wife died young. It nearly killed him with worry. Now he rides his bicycle raising funds for her hospice and takes not a penny for himself. He gets my money.

  • right_writes

    David… The BBC should be shut down, it is totally corrupt.

    Anyone that is in any way creative either as a manager or as an artist will soon find work elsewhere…

    …And we will be rid of another rotten edifice at the heart of our communist bureaucracy…

    Ditto NHS!

  • MD

    I totally agree with the views expressed in this article. All children in need does is perpetuate the dependency culture that has ruined this country. What’s worse is that my employers are practically forcing all of its employees to raise money for this hideous cause.

  • Robert Hainault

    Could you please tell me the source of this information, please, and also whether the average employee cost is per annum as I am currently writing an article on this and would like to cite this post if I can verify the information.

    Many thanks,

    Robert

  • BILLY

    I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT THE BBC IS JUST ANOTHER GOVERNMENT TAX ANYWAY I USED TO DONATE MONEY TO CHARITY IN SHOPS.SMALL CHANGE ONLY. I’VE STOPPED THAT SINCE THNKING IT’S JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR SOME PEOPLE TO BUILD THEIR OWN HOUSES AND LIVE THE DREAM.

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