My trip to Limerick for an interview the other month cost me nearly £700. I sent in an expenses claim for about £640, not expecting to get full recompense. However, as I am unemployed, I was hoping for slightly more than what they eventually sent me. After reminding them by email midweek I got this scrap of paper and a cheque for a measly £209.
I love this "It's the maximum permitted" gambit. Perhaps I could try that on next time I'm in the supermarket. I could fill my trolley with £100 of food and tell them I'm only giving them £30 because that's the maximum permitted under the Jonathan Hagger Financial Scheme.
This is the church that pays it's parish clergy 12000 euros a year just for car expenses (on top of a 45000 euro salary), so they are hardly strapped for cash.
Also, the bishop told me they would pay for my expenses when he first rang to ask me to go over there for the interview. And he definitely didn't mention any limit.
The job went, in the end, to a vicar from their twin diocese in Africa. My inside source in the Church of Ireland tells me that this was a foregone conclusion. So basically the Bride of Christ continues to kick me even though I am down.
I hate them and I hate their fucking church. And to be honest, if they were made in the image of their god, I don't think I particularly like what must be an incredibly mean spirited maker either.