Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

£1.8m pay-off for Labour advisers

Special advisers to Labour ministers received pay-offs worth 1.8 million pounds
Special advisers to Labour ministers received pay-offs worth 1.8 million pounds

Special advisers to Labour ministers received pay-offs worth £1.8 million after the general election.

The generous severance packages were disclosed as the Government published details of the cost of so-called "Spads" to the taxpayer.

The figures show that David Cameron is employing fewer advisers than Gordon Brown did as Prime Minister.

At the beginning of 2009-10 Mr Brown had 23, while the Tory leader has 19 on his staff.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has five - meaning the total for Downing Street as a whole is slightly higher than previously.

The highest earners are Number 10 director of communications Andy Coulson, on £140,000 a year, and Mr Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn on £125,000.

Altogether the public is said to be paying £4.9 million for Government Spads this year, some £700,000 below the sum declared under Labour last year.

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