Brit taxpayers spend 500m pounds annually on 30,000 government employees!

July 14th, 2009 - 6:30 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 14 (ANI): According to figures revealed through Freedom of Information, British taxpayers are spending a whopping 500 million pounds on almost 30,000 government employees in a year.

The breaking up of employees include 4,700 people in Westminster, 500 Members of the European Parliament and their staff, 1,100 workers employed by devolved assemblies and 22,800 paid councilors, The Daily Star reports.

The figures would certainly leave taxpayers furious, as the reputation of MPs hit an all-time low with the publication of their obscene expenses claims.

“This is a vast bill that I think a lot of people will find extremely shocking when they hear about it. The fact is people don’t mind paying a reasonable amount for good work but what they do mind is this huge bill that’s grown very quietly without ever really consulting people,” said Mark Wallace of the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

However, he said that though the findings were shocking, the transparency had to be appreciated.

“For the first time, people can look over the whole national picture of what our democracy costs in terms of politicians - and that’s essential before we can work out whether we get a good deal or not,” Wallace added. (ANI)

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