RBS boss gets bonus after Libor

The boss of the taxpayer-funded Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will be paid a bonus of almost £800,000, weeks after his bank was fined £391 million for rate-rigging.

RBS bonus decision 'totally unacceptable'

A Liberal Democrat peer has branded the decision to award the boss of Royal Bank of Scotland a bonus of £780,000 weeks after his bank was fined £390m for its role in the rate-rigging scandal as "wholly unacceptable."

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Matthew Oakeshott said:

It is wholly unacceptable that [he] should receive a bonus for 2010 when these scandals were still going on.

He had been captain of the ship for two years, but the crew was still robbing passengers.

– Matthew Oakeshott

RBS boss to be paid bonus weeks after rate-rigging fine

Stephen Hester
Stephen Hester Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The boss of the taxpayer-funded Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will be paid a bonus of almost £800,000, weeks after his bank was fined £391 million for rate-rigging.

Stephen Hester, chief executive of RBS, will be given around £780,000 in shares next month as part of a reward scheme for his performance in 2010.

Mr Hester said last week he would stay to "finish the job" at the bank despite evidence from US and UK authorities over its role in the Libor scandal, dating back to 2006 and continuing through to late 2010 - when investigations had already begun.

RBS, which is 81% owned by the Government, will recoup around £300 million from its staff bonus pool and clawing back previous awards to pay for the fines.

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