The wife of Labour politician Stephen Kinnock, former Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is earned $257,358.75 in 2016 for her role as CEO of Save the Children.
Save the Children International has 375 people earning £60,000 or more on its payroll – that’s more than any other top charity in the world.
All this despite the fact 128,000 children in Britain will be homeless this Christmas. But surely other children’s charities aren’t dishing out lavish sums of money for CEOs to live in the lap of luxury while children suffer, right? Wrong.
Action for Children Chief Exec, Sir Tony Hawkhead, was paid £150,000 in 2015 – 4 of the charities top earners are on more than £110,000 and 21 staff earn more than £70,000 – despite the charity’s income falling for 3 years in a row.
Then of course there’s David Miliband’s charity, International Rescue. The former Labour politician who was famously knifed in the back by his brother during a bitter leadership battle is paid £407k-a-year...and his charity is given British aid.
He’s also just released a book called ‘Rescue: refugees and the political crisis of our time donating profits’ – but of course there’s no indication he’ll be giving away any of the profits.
It just seems absolutely sickening that these high-flyers can take home so much money while the children they claim to serve are still in desperate poverty or terrible circumstances.
There were 4 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2015-16. That’s 30 per cent of children, or 9 out of a classroom of 30, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.
In fact, it’s at its highest level since 2010 – so whatever these charity bosses are doing, isn’t working.
And according to the World Bank, in 2016 there were around £385m children living in poverty worldwide. Still, the CEOs of these charities get to take home thousands of pounds a week, so that’s great.
How about every chief of every children’s charity was denied a raise until child poverty has been reduced? I bet we’d see a reduction pretty bloody quickly.