In response to Janice Davis: If the NHS is so hard up, why is it giving money away?
It’s not just the NHS, loads of our publicly funded bodies are busy spending our cash on ‘good causes’.
Charities receive income from two main sources – individuals and statutory bodies. Individual donations and purchases are the sector’s main source of income, providing over 40% (around £16.5 billion) of the sector’s total income.
Contracts and grants from statutory bodies generate almost as much of the sector’s income – so around £16 billion. For example, Cumbria County Council gives grants to village halls, play groups, community centres, environmental groups, residents and tenants associations, parish councils, local history groups, sports groups, youth groups and many others.
We used to think like this: “He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood”. (Mark 12 41 – 44)
Nowadays, the states seizes the money from the widow regardless of whether she can afford it and donates it to the likes of the New Economics Foundation, whether the widow supports their views or not, thus robbing the widow by removing her choice regarding any charitable impulses, and most importantly, denying her the chance of redemption through self sacrifice.
When I was a management consultant, I worked with private-sector, local authority and NHS clients. Only the private-sector had any concept of what they wanted to achieve with the the amount of money that they had to spend. For the LA and NHS it was all about ‘driving change, enabling and empowerment ‘. They had a budget and they were going to spend it, whatever the waste of money entailed. And the NHS was by far the worse and they will be just as bad now. They can’t and won’t change. It needs to be broken up. I used to look at it as a recycling scheme; getting my tax back as they spent it on me.