East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said that it absurd that MET Office staff have received performance related bonuses of almost £14million over the last five years despite some of their forecasts being wildly inaccurate. Mr Wilson had received the figures through a Parliamentary Question to Liberal Democrat Ed Davey and was shocked to find out that the total bonuses had actually increased in 2010/11 from the previous year. 2010/11 was the year that they predicted that winter would have been one of the mildest, when it was actually one of the coldest, with it being the coldest December since records began in 1910. Sammy Wilson MP said:
“It does not make sense for performance related bonuses to be paid out on such a large scale when their some predications have been so wrong. Barbecue summers and mild winters did not materialise but it seems that they have not only been left with egg on their faces but big bonuses as well.
It's a bit ironic in the week that the Prime Minister has talked about ending this bonus culture and bonuses for failure, that a Government body has awarded its staff a 30% hike in bonuses.
The Government needs to account for why these bonuses were paid. I am sure most people in the country would be horrified to hear that should a large sum of money is being spent on performance related pay when the performance has been shoddy at best.”
Note: Parliamentary Question and answer can be found here: