Good advice doesn’t come cheap for taxpayer…

STORMONT’S “special advisers were created to assist Ministers with their political duties, as temporary civil servants. In any other part of the UK, when the Minister loses office, the adviser goes too,” says Alliance leader David Ford. But not in Northern Ireland, where the four largest parties have spent more than £1 million of your money to pay for ministerial advisers while there were err, no ministers. £45k a year for each might turn out to be money well spent, but can the parties not fund ‘ministerial’ advisers themselves until they’re actually in government?