Taxpayers’ 1m bill ‘for civil servants to hum along to Miley’: Royalties paid so civil servants can listen to the radio at work
By Simon Murphy for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 00:59 BST, 6 July 2014 | Updated: 08:22 BST, 6 July 2014
Taxpayers are balance a charge of almost Â£1?million so that common workers can tune in to the radio at work.
Government divisions what’s more, quangos have been utilizing open cash to pay music eminences to permit staff to tune in to music in the office.
Some have paid eminences for the dull music played at the point when guests ring switchboards what’s more, are put on hold â€“ indeed despite the fact that royalty-free music is available.
Since 2009, Â£848,904 has been spent, concurring to figures revealed by The Mail on Sunday utilizing Opportunity of Data laws.
For any working environment where music is played, a permit must be gotten from both the PRS, which gathers eminences on sake of songwriters, what’s more, the PPL, which covers both craftsmen what’s more, record labels.
Last night, John Oâ€™Connell, executive of Taxpayersâ€™ Alliance, said: â€˜People will be angry that their money is being squandered on tuning in to the radio what’s more, hold music.
Taxes are for fundamental services, not so common workers can murmur along to Miley Cyrus. Hold music drives individuals up the divider â€“ in the event that they knew they were paying for it theyâ€™d be indeed angrier.â€™
The most noteworthy high-roller is the Driver what’s more, Vehicle Models Organization (DVSA). The organization has paid out an Â£552,012 in eminences since 2009 so the radio can be played in its 299 driving test centres, 87 testing stations what’s more, one authorization office.
Another huge high-roller is Her Majestyâ€™s Income & Customs, which has paid out Â£141,632.81 since 2009 for hold music, yet says it will cut the bill.
Media guard dog Ofcom, which has paid Â£38,655.57 over the same period, exchanged to royalty-free music last year, diminishing its spend to Â£681.
Since 2009, the Service of Protection has paid Â£73,852.44 in royalties, the Home Office has spent Â£22,153.26 since 2010, the Driver what’s more, Vehicle Permitting Organization has paid Â£9,076.34 since 2009, what’s more, Ofgem has sprinkled Â£8,410.36 since 2009.
A DVSA representative said: â€˜Listening to the radio makes a difference to keep our inspectors up to date with nearby news, movement what’s more, climate conditions, which can all influence the conveyance of our services. It moreover gives driving test competitors a more unwinding condition in which to wait.â€™