Tuesday 6 December 2016

An arrogant waste of our hard-earned cash

The recent case of a civil servant who was paid for work she didn't even bother to do defies belief, says Carol Hunt

Published 30/01/2011 | 05:00

It may be called the Universal "Social" Charge, but there's nothing sociable about it. When monthly paid workers opened their pay packets last week, the initial reaction of many was: WTF? Most families had already pared their expenses to the bone. Now they are lucky if they have enough left over from their severely reduced income to feed the cat. Socialising, even the odd pint down the local, is not an option.

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But there was some good news to be had in these days of painful austerity.

Or at least there was if you happened to be a member of our elite civil service.

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