One-third of HSE bosses want out
MORE than one-third of the high-pay senior managers in the Health Service Executive (hse) wants to quit their jobs and avail of generous exit schemes, new figures reveal.
A total of 3,775 staff have applied for its voluntary redundancy or early retirement scheme worth €400m. Of these, 2,380 are from management and administrative ranks -- the main targets of the scheme which aims to cut around €200m a year from its payroll bill. Many of these HSE managers are earning in the region of €120,000.
State caps RTE's €60m TV payment
RTE's €60m annual payment from the Government for free pensioners' TV licenses will be capped for four years in next month's Budget. Pensioners will continue to receive a free TV license following the move, despite fears the payment would be axed.
The fee accounts for more than a quarter of RTE's overall €200m licence fee. RTE gets the bulk of the €60m cost, after the payment of an administrative fee to An Post and a 7pc fund divided amongst all broadcasters. The current cost of a TV licence is €160.