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ARMED FARCES

28-01-2008

It’s emerged that dozens of civil servants at the Ministry of Defence are in line for a performance-related bonus of £7,000 – half the annual wage of an infantryman on the front line in Afghanistan. No wonder MPs are warning today that forces morale is deteriorating. Carol Jones is furious.

Derek Twigg, Under-Secretary of State for Defence has revealed that Ministry of Defence staff are set to share out amongst themselves a total of £41.3 million in "appraisal-related annual bonus payments" this year.

186 senior civil servants are to receive £7,127 each - £1.3 million in total.

These are the civil servants...who only four months ago were severely criticised for allowing procurement costs to over-run this year by £2.6 billion. Their projects are a total of 36 years behind schedule.

These are the people whose incompetence and mismanagement have permitted the personal details of 600,000 people to fall in the hands of crooks, who are running a department which allows equipment shortages to cost the lives of soldiers on the frontline, allow barracks to fall into a state of disrepair and who’ve cocked up payments to 50,000 troops.

Lets not forget the 17 special "fixied term appointees" to the MOD who are going to be lining their pockets with bonuses of £22,000 each.

The bulk of the money will be dished out to office staff "to reward excellent performance and achievement".

Contrast this with soldiers risking their lives on the frontline everyday and receiving a daily operational bonus of £12 for it (and a salary of just £15,000 per year).

Oh Yeah!! The civil servants really deserve their bonuses!!!

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