Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Struggling with household bills? Finding the TV license fee a bit too much these days? Here is some news to cheer you up.

BBC to buy homes from staff in £16m relocation bonanza

The BBC is to buy the homes of up to 1,500 staff and give them relocation packages of about £8,000 each as part of plans to shift operations to the North. The corporation will spend as much as £16.5million of licence fee money to help an army of workers move house. Despite pleading poverty over a £2billion funding gap, the corporation can afford to spend up to £3,000 on curtains and carpets for anyone moving near the new base in Salford.

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12 thoughts on “Struggling with household bills? Finding the TV license fee a bit too much these days? Here is some news to cheer you up.

  • No wonder so many people now begrudge paying the licence fee when you read garbage like this – I could see why a standard re-location package might be arguable going from Salford to London but not the other way round.

    Perhaps this is part of a master plan – Government housing via BBC and Northern Wreck.

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  • Must admit I have mixed feelings about this. If my company were relocating I would like to get a good helpful package rather than being shafted with redundancy or worse.
    The questions to ask are: why are they relocating and are the financial benefits of so doing going to outweigh these costs?
    Just extremely bad timing for all concerned.

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  • Salford. I nearly burst my arshe laughing. You couldn’t pay me to live there. They’d need to issue flak jackets & a hummer to
    the door. I hope the cretins who quote estate agents as “property experts” get shifted there. Karma.

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  • As per usual the Daily Mail is expert at getting people whipped up into an outraged frenzy. The BBC is NOT actually buying houses for people, but just providing temporary financial assistance whilst the staff sell off their existing homes.

    Though the plan to move to Salford is being sold as reaching out the the audience beyond London, it seems pretty obvious that it’s a cost cutting measure – despite the initial setup costs, much of the staff will not relocate but just leave the Corporation, so the BBC can hire a new army of cheaper workers and significantly reduce costs.

    The BBC-Hate on these boards is getting ridiculous.

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  • A-ha!!!! NOW it all makes sense –

    “The old property will be sold by an estate agent, but the BBC will bear the loss on any resale. For example, if a house sells for £5,000 less than the guaranteed purchase price, the BBC will have to pay the owner the difference.

    If there is a profit on the sale, it will be shared between the owner and the BBC.”

    In other words the BBC needs to keep ramping property until they’ve sold all the ones they’re buying from their staff.

    Get the timing wrong on this one and the Beeb could lose out big time!

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  • Its like a plush keyworker scheme for media types!

    Called corruption in some countries, over here its a kind of bonus for state media employees for being obedient little mouthpieces for the government.

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  • planning4acrash says:

    Presumably the move is an investment that will save money over time. Why should tax payers pay for flash offices in West London? 3k seems like a small relocation fee.

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  • @doomwatch: Salford is mainly rough, consisting of old council housing estates and streets which wouldn’t look out of place on Coronation Street or Shameless. However the Beeb is moving into plush new offices in the Salford Quays area, which was completely redeveloped around 2000. The staff probably won’t choose to live in Salford, or even Manchester for that matter. The massive difference in prices between London and Manchester means they’ll easily be able to afford to live somewhere safer.

    @p4ac: I agree, £3k per mover is a relatively small cost. However as the article points out there is a further £5k “for additional costs”.

    The Met Office relocated from an office park in Bracknell (just outside southwest London) to Exeter in a similar cost-saving exercise a few years ago. A friend on the inside told me that it wasn’t just the scientists and forecasters who were paid relocation costs, even the gardeners for the office grounds were paid to move. I wonder if it’s the same with the BBC – where do they draw the line?

    Frankly though I think the BBC could do with losing its London-centric bias.

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  • 3k won’t cover the housing insurance with all the breakins round there.

    The Salford locals will love the public school twits that usually drift into the BBC
    when the trust fund runs low. Thank God they’ll all be moving out of Maida Vale
    and Clapham to make way for real professionals.

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  • as a sworn enemy of al beeb,it’s politics,the regressive tax it uses to fund it’s profligacy etc,this is just further proof that it needs privatising asap.this is npothing compared to the money they;ve wasted on johnathon ross though.he’s about as funny as chris moyles who at £250k p.a.is a lot cheaper and bizzarrely easier on the eye.

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  • I work very close to where The Beeb are moving in Salford Quays. It’s a good location for offices (lots of modern glass fronted blocks etc) and 15 mins south on the tram you are in posh parts of Cheshire (which is where they’ll go – not the rough parts of Salford). Unfortunately, I’m renting there at the moment, waiting for the HPC…looks like The Beeb move will keep prices sky high!

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  • I thought Chris Moyles was on 600K pa – or so the paper said a few weeks back.

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