Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph and slightly tongue in cheek... Taxpayer funded "lodgings" are to have their Sky TV subscriptions cancelled saving a total of £10,000.
Eleven premises, that Judges stay in when they are not judiciating at a court hearing, have had their Sky TV subscriptions cancelled.
In the good old days Judges could expect Gentlemen's clubs, Chauffeurs, Domestic Staff running around after them. Unfortunately in the current age of austerity even Sky TV is being pruned back...
These lodgings cost the tax-payer on average £1,000 a night to run as many have chefs and housekeepers running them. They may be empty upto 2/3rds of the year.
Judges have described the cancellation of their Sky subscriptions as the "thin end of the wedge" and one gentleman complained to Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, that after a hard day at work he wouldn't be able to even watch cricket now.
One Judge explained to the Times: "We have had a pay freeze reducing our pay and now this petty imposition". He continued to explain that "next will be our cars, drinks entertaining and flowers. We must resist this."
Judges who travel regularly have 32 publicly-funded lodgings available for them, ranging from penthouses to hotels to high end flats and town houses.
Officials are looking at closing more of the lodgings to save money and a Ministry of Justice spokesperson has said: "We will continue to look for ways across the department to deliver value for money."
This story has it's genesis in the 14th October 2013 edition of the Daily Telegraph. We think Judges do a very difficult job and support them 100% !
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