Magazine article Public Finance

MSPs Criticise 'Excessive' Payouts to Quango Chiefs

Magazine article Public Finance

MSPs Criticise 'Excessive' Payouts to Quango Chiefs

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MSPs on an influential parliamentary committee have hit out at the excessive bonuses' and pay-offs for public body chiefs at a time when frontline staff were entitled only to inflation-linked increases.

At a Holyrood finance committee hearing, MSPs from all parties hit out at the pay gap after hearing evidence on public sector pay policy from Scottish Government and union officials.

One MSP, Alex Neil, condemned the bonuses paid to some chief executives of quangos, such as Scottish Water, and other public bodies.

Neil, a Scottish National Party MSP, said his 'hackles were raised' as he learned of the pay gap between those at the top end and the bottom.

He said that if one looked at the pay restrictions for people in services like health 'and then look at the mega-film star bonuses paid to some chief executives of the quangos, quite frankly there is no concept of fairness'. …

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