Staff at English Heritage recieved more than £1.4m of bonuses last year despite cutting one of its most iconic schemes, a Freedom of Information request reveal. 

The Mail Online report:

English Heritage was branded a ‘disgrace’ last night for paying staff more than £1.4 million in bonuses and additional payments while cutting the much-loved ‘blue plaque’ scheme to save money.

Documents obtained by this newspaper under Freedom of Information laws show that hundreds of employees at the Government’s heritage quango – including outspoken chief executive Simon Thurley – have benefited from the organisation’s ‘rewards and recognition’ scheme.

Critics say the payments are proof the organisation, which receives £100 million a year from the taxpayer, had lost sight of its priorities.

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