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Too many?

Thirty years ago, the number of taxpayer-funded politicians in the UK was between 2,000 and 3,000.

According to BBC research, it's now 28,730 - ten times as many. Total cost to the Exchequer: just under £0.5billion.

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the_marquis
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
So who are these people and how do they qualify for the money? Or even how do I qualify for that money?
philmophlegm
Jul. 15th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
22,800 of them are local councillors and their paid advisers.

http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/media/

the_marquis
Jul. 15th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I thought councillors were part-time doing it around their income jobs, as a step towards convincing the local party bigwigs to put them up for the MP's job in due time, and just got back "reasonable expenses". How come they can now hire paid advisers? Presuming that these are different to the councils own staff for doing things (eg arranging bin collections, park keeping, schools, payroll etc). Or are these advisers 'consultancy firms'?
philmophlegm
Jul. 15th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Most councillors are now salaried. The paid advisers aren't the council bureaucrats but political advisers.

Also, bear in mind that since the political parties demand that councillors pay them 10% of their salaries (or they deselect them), that the state now essentially funds political parties.
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