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£612,000 in payouts to suspended public staff

Over £612,000 was paid out to suspended civil servants last year in what has been branded a “massive misuse of public money”.

In a response to an Assembly question, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson admitted 18 public sector workers were given a total of £612,263 in the last financial year.

Broken down, it equates to each civil servant receiving £34,015.

The SDLP’s John Dallat submitted the question. He yesterday said it was a “massive misuse of public money” and that it shows how important it is to settle issues around suspension quickly.

“This figure represents a very considerable amount of public money which could have been spent on services which are now under threat,” he said.



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