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Why on earth are we paying £100k salaries for elected police commissioners, some of whom work part time?
Or lower. I don't see why maternity pay (a system designed for when we all worked in low paid factory jobs) makes sense in the modern world.
£800 per week is an annualised rate of £41K/year. Why not limit it to the average UK salary? That would be £500 per week - still many times higher than pensioners get.
Instead can we have a 'payout' levy? Our legal system has been turned into an American ambulance chasing one. People get rich by suing companies and we all pay through higher insurance costs.
Just take a look at the payouts for phone hacking. Do these people really deserve multiples of the average annual salary just because somebody listened to their voice mail? Why don't we take a 10% cut of all awards and use it to help fund the legal aid budget? This would also have the effect of making more parties settle out of court, saving court costs.
So let me get this straight. The MOD are doing such a great job so you want procurement given to MOD bureaucrats with no elected politician responsibity at all.
The best experts you can find actually come from the defence equiptment industry. It is like giving the bank bosses control of HMRC or the directors of Tesco control of agriculture policy. There is no way they would use that power to make themselves or their companies rich, right?
So you want to give away our sovereignty to US bureaucrats from US defence firms. I'm sure Haliburton and Lockheed Martin would be happy to take your money. BAE might not be too pleased about it.
>>and that the defence budget should be set in stone as a guaranteed percentage of GDP
And not change according to our ability to pay (tax revenue, economic cycle) or need (what wars we are fighting).
The risk register is an internal management document. Why should people outside the NHS be able to read it if they don't understand it?
FOI requests are for getting facts out of government. The risk register is opinion, not fact. It will be abused by the political process, not help it.
Believe it or not they actually train for operations like this one.