Sunday, 1 March 2009

Maria Eagle, Minister for Women and Equality and Irony.

Am I the only one to see the irony* in Maria Eagle's (minister for equality) reply?

From Hansard:

Mrs. May: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in the Government Equalities Office in each year since its inception; and what was spent on such bonuses.

Maria Eagle: The Government Equalities Office currently employs seven senior civil servants. Three of these staff were awarded non-consolidated performance pay totalling £24,000 in 2007-08, the first full year of GEO operations. Given these small numbers information about the individuals involved and the amounts awarded to each cannot be disclosed on grounds of confidentiality.
*This comes from a government that is forcing pay transparency through the Equalities Bill.

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