Brown de­fends salaries

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union -

Steve Brown, the RFU chief ex­ec­u­tive, has de­fended the £1.6mil­lion spent on the re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­age for its board of di­rec­tors last year, in­clud­ing a £710,000 pack­age to for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Ritchie.

The an­nual re­port re­veals that So­phie Gold­schmidt, the for­mer chief com­mer­cial and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer, was paid £480,000 in 2015/16 – de­spite tak­ing up a new post in March last year.

“These salaries are all bench­marked and we have a re­mu­ner­a­tion com­mit­tee which is in­de­pen­dently chaired and re­views all salaries for se­nior em­ploy­ees and that will de­ter­mine whether the salaries are ap­pro­pri­ate for the mar­ket and the size of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said Brown, who got £401,000 for his pre­vi­ous role as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer last year.

Jeff Black­ett, the chair­man of the pro­fes­sional game board, and in­de­pen­dent non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­drew Hig­gin­son, both do­nated their pay­ments of £17,000 and £3,000 re­spec­tively to char­ity.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a cor­po­rate tax de­duc­tion for in­vest­ment into grass­roots sport as part of the new Fi­nance Bill that was passed last month, is to ben­e­fit rugby clubs by up to £400,000, it can be re­vealed.

The leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duces a new statu­tory cor­po­ra­tion tax re­lief for na­tional gov­ern­ing bod­ies and the RFU be­lieves it will en­able a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in its in­vest­ment in the com­mu­nity game.

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