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TUV slams 'secrecy' over public sector staff exit scheme


TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister

Finance Minister Arlene Foster has come under fire for refusing to reveal details of an exit scheme designed to shed up to 20,000 public sector jobs.

TUV leader Jim Allister accused the DUP minister of "hiding behind" an excuse that giving answers risked identifying individuals who have applied for the controversial scheme.

But Mr Allister said: "It seems to me that DFP is hiding behind this excuse to deny the transparency and openness which should attend this publicly-funded scheme."

Mrs Foster has already confirmed around 2,800 full-time equivalent Civil Service posts will be released under the scheme which is in limbo as a result of the failure to implement the Stormont House Agreement (SHA).

The SHA hammered out between the five main parties and the London and Dublin governments just before Christmas included access to around £200m in loans to finance the pay-offs.

A total of 7,285 applied for the exit scheme, and so far around 1,200 have conditional offers.

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