The BBC will not be funding staff Christmas parties this year “in light of the economic climate.” Having halved the party budget from £50 a head to £25 a head last year, there won’t be a budget this year and the corporation – with its fixed licence fee income of £3.4bn a year – has warned staff that they can’t claim expenses on parties they organise for themselves. The BBC has stressed, however, that there is nothing stopping employees partying at their own expense.
The economic downturn is the official excuse for the cutback but staff believe the reason lies more in the current political climate and fear of negative headlines.
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Don’t cancel your office party. In terms of expenditure, a Christmas party is very small in relation to your salary bill and as such is a smart investment with payback in morale and productivity. Imagine how workers feel when an annual institution they are accustomed to disappears…