Flood chiefs get big cash bonuses

#1
SENIOR executives at the Environment Agency face new controversy after it emerged last night that they received five-figure “performance bonuses” shortly before the recent floods hit Britain.

Baroness Young, the quango’s chief executive, got a bonus of about £24,000 on top of her £163,000 salary. A further eight executives, including the director of water management, shared in the bonus handout last month. The average paid to each executive was equivalent to 10% of their salaries, although Young received 15%.

Professor Dieter Helm, a flood expert at Oxford University, said: “The management of flood defences in recent years has been a sorry tale of budget cuts, failure to act on planning policies and inadequate precautionary measures. At the centre lies the Environment Agency.”
Huzzah! New Labour New Britian! No ones to blame but society and bonuses all round!

Details of the bonuses were to be revealed in the agency’s annual report, which was expected to be released last week but publication has been delayed due to the floods.

“It is rather worrying the Environment Agency board signed off the accounts in perfectly good time to present them to parliament before the recess on Thursday, yet there seems to have been an unaccountable delay.”
I cannot think why

The bonuses are based on performance targets. On July 11 a board meeting of the agency, which also has responsibility for fighting pollution and protecting wildlife, was told it had met 42 key targets and had missed only three of its objectives – including the failure to “secure funding”. This had allowed the executives to get their bonuses in June.

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency defended the bonuses yesterday “The flood planning worked well but some areas were just overwhelmed by the sheer amount of water. The bonuses were rewarded to reflect success and performance across a range of targets. They are modest compared to other parts of the public sector and private sector
I would LOVE to get you and your 'co-workers' in MY Private Sector food chain

In full etc etc

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2159287.ece
 
#2
Its all water under the bridge.
This will soon all just wash away.
 
#4
Only in this country do they reward f***ing idiots for failure.Now they will put the prices up because their vast profits will be affected with having to spend money on the people. Never mind, I did not vote for NEW F***ING LABOUR anyway.
 
#5
armchair_jihad said:
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency defended the bonuses yesterday “The flood planning worked well but some areas were just overwhelmed by the sheer amount of water. The bonuses were rewarded to reflect success and performance across a range of targets. They are modest compared to other parts of the public sector and private sector
I would LOVE to get you and your 'co-workers' in MY Private Sector food chain

In full etc etc

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2159287.ece
So what part of the flood planning actually went well, surely part of the plan would of mentioned that there might get overwhelmed with water. I suppose if one of the targets was to increase water they met them well as theres loads of the stuff now (not drinkable I know)

I wonder if water bills will be going up now to pay for the bonuses and maintenance.
 
#6
It's par for the course in 'Management' these days, even in business and rampantly so in quangos like this. I remember Luc van der Velde getting a record-breaking bonus for meeting targets in the same year M&S shares hit an all-time low and it seemed the company was about to go under. It seems that, "the operation was a success but the patient died", is the guiding philosophy of decision-making these days.
 
#7
Who is surprized? Not me - nothing surprizes me with NeuLiarbour and their 'chummy-wummy' quango types.

Politics, regardless of 'party colour' are now so corrupt and bankrupt of integrity in this country that in any other nation the scent of revolution would be in the air.

Maybe this disgrace in modern times started with the Tory 'Sleaze-Fest',
but hasn't Bliar and his awful gang carried on the 'good work' with zeal and boundless enthusiasm?

I fear that we have 'seen nothing yet' as this so-called 'son-of-the-manse' struggles with the reality of his position - for which he is grossly over-promoted.

Time to find another country and s*d those who say 'traitor' or 'runaway'!
 
#9
No big surprise there then.

Another reason to be overseas. At least the fellows here are open in their corruption.

Mind you HM is a little pissed that all his new roads and neighbourhoods washed away during the recent cyclone. Appears some CEO's are about to have a few no coffee interviews. All quite entertaining, especially when you have the good fortune to select a house on a ridge.
 
#10
armchair_jihad said:
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency defended the bonuses yesterday “The flood planning worked well"
I would LOVE to get you and your 'co-workers' in MY Private Sector food chain

In full etc etc

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2159287.ece

Yep, I'd agree with that.... It rained, it flooded... plans a good un' Bonus all round.... Now if it was an 'Anti Flood Plan'......... :roll:


New Libour appointee's with their nose's in the trough again.... incompetant c*nts.
 
#11
They turned for work most days what else do you expect. The CSA staff all got there bonus, So did the department that that should have paid out the farm subsidies a year ago and still have not finished job. The MoD got theirs and there serviemen and women buying there own kit and units running out of ammunition. So it appears you don't have to do any thing except turn up for work.
 
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