Abortion bosses paid huge bonuses out of tax payer money
19 December 2016
Charity bosses, including abortion providers, are receiving huge salaries partly funded by the taxpayer.
Heads of charities, including abortion providers Marie Stopes and International Planned Parenthood, are receiving six-figure salaries and huge bonuses, according to an investigation by the Daily Mail.
The newspaper has looked into several major charities which receive millions in British foreign aid. Some of them are paying their chiefs up to £618,000 a year, as well as increasing spending on senior staff.
Marie Stopes International, which receives £46.3 million in British aid, paid its chief executive Simon Cooke £168,924 last year, as well as a £251,831 bonus. This is despite the abortion giant being forced to suspend services earlier this year after a Care Quality Commission report found evidence of illegal practices. The organisation also lists 22 staff with six figure basic salaries.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation, which was given £25.8 million in 2013, gave its director Carmen Barroso £344,396 last year, and has at least 14 staff who are paid more than £100,000. The group's top officials, unlike most non-profit organisations, are also allowed to take business class flights.
Among the other charities singled out for paying excessive salaries is Save the Children, which promotes abortion and family planning.
Pauline Latham MP, a member of the International Development Committee, said she would be demanding an urgent inquiry into "excessive" salary packages. "The public will be very concerned. These are not normal salaries - even some big businesses do not pay these kinds of amounts."
Priti Patel, the Development Secretary, has frozen discussion of new aid deals while she urgently reviews ethics, relationships and tax dodging within the international development industry.
Dutch MP proposes euthanasia bill for those who have had "enough of life"
Assisted suicide in the Netherlands could be extended to anyone over the age of 75 who no longer wants to live, even if they are not ill, under a bill brought forward by Dutch MP Pia Dijkstra.
In an interview, Dijkstra said "There are plenty of examples of people who say, 'I've had enough of life, I have children and grandchildren, they're all doing well, but I'm detached, I don't play a role in their lives any more. The only thing waiting for me is decline and I don't want to go through that.'"
Health minister Edith Schippers told Parliament in October that the government was looking to legalise assisted suicide for elderly people who were ‘suffering from life’, but did not bring forward any firm proposals.
Gert-Jan Segers, leader of the ChristenUnie party, said: "In what kind of society do we want to live? What's the answer to loneliness? I can't accept that it's giving someone a pill."