Conservative MPs demand that Jeremy Hunt reduce the £12 million woke Whitehall diversity bill to taxpayers.
According to a recent Conservative Way Forward report, the government pays £12 million per year for diversity and inclusion civil employees in Whitehall and affiliated organisations.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is under fire after a recent study showed that £12 million is spent each year on diversity and inclusion officers in Whitehall and affiliated agencies, despite the fact that the economic crisis has prompted tax increases and budget cutbacks. The data in the Conservative Way Forward (CWF) report only cover Whitehall ministries in Westminster and do not include the whole public sector.
Mrco Longhi, MP for Dudley North, one of the MPs helping to sweep Labour’s Red Wall in 2019, said: The scary thing about this report is that this £12m is what is spent on Civil Service only woke jobs.
“What about all the NHS diversity jobs at £80k a year when we don’t spend training and recruiting our own doctors and nurses, but import them instead?
“What about our Police forces employing officers to monitor social media so they can pursue people offending other’s feelings, when they won’t attend armed robberies?
“All these public services now want to go on strike but when money is given to them they spend it on woke agendas rather than delivering on the front line.
“Taxpayers are being penalised at the highest levels in several generations while watching the woke mobs across all areas of national and local government being given what they want. It couldn’t be more wrong.”
“When the country’s going through a cost of living crisis, people need to see every penny they hand over to the government in taxes spent wisely,” South Dorset MP Richard Drax said.
According to the CWF research, ministerial and non-ministerial departments and public sector bodies spend at least £12 million per year on 300 civil service posts that are “exclusively focused on issues of equality, diversity, or inclusivity (EDI).”
The 60 organisations polled had a total of 286 EDI jobs, with an average of four EDI officers per function. The yearly cost to the government is £12.1 million, and the average remuneration for each job is £42,300.
Examples of job titles include “Director of Diversity,” “Diversity Officer,” “Policy and Research (Diversity) Senior Manager,” and “Relationship Manager (Diversity).”
This comes as the country braces for a series of strikes by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union over unfulfilled demands for a 10% pay hike, and after Mr Hunt used his Autumn Statement last month to raise income tax and a slew of other levies and penalties to plug the budget gap.
He also promised a series of cutbacks to defence budget through 2028.
According to the study, Arts Council England has 9.9 EDI posts at a cost to the public of £352,000, while UK Research and Innovation has 22 roles at a cost of £1,047,000.
The Crown Prosecution Service has 21 posts that cost the government £945,000 per year, whereas Sport England has seven roles that cost the taxpayer £280,000 per year.
Meanwhile, the Valuation Office Agency has four positions that pay £120,000 per year, while the Civil Aviation Authority has the same number of positions but pays £250,088 per year.
Diversity and inclusion officers advocate for the representation and engagement of people of all ages, races and ethnicities, skills and impairments, genders, faiths, cultures, and sexual orientations.