Another reason to review that “barmy” structure

We’ll have to wait to see whether the briefing on Gordon Brown’s intentions, as noted by the BBC’s Freedom of Information blog, is accurate [although the Beeb are not always so enthusiastic about FoI requests – Ed] and likewise for the Irish Government’s intention to extend similar legislation to An Garda Siochana. But while it still applies to the Assembly, the Belfast Telegraph’s David Gordon will continue to use it to get otherwise unattainable information. The key to the apparently exorbitant cost per head of population compared with the rest of the UK is, of course, something that has been highlighted here before.. but I think most people would be surprised at getting a “resettlement allowance” of £15,908 after less than 2 months as a public representative.For what it’s worth.. the fault appears to lie with the legislation where, from what I can gather, the resettlement allowance is calculated – as set out in the Allowances to Members of the Assembly Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 – based on the table in the Schedule to the Act.. where the lowest level set is 50% of an Assembly member’s salary immediately before the dissolution..

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  • Frank Sinistra

    Marietta has an easy decision as she didn’t expect the money. Keep it, return it or give it to a deserving cause.

    Bet she keeps it.

  • Plum Duff

    There’s a line in one of my favourite movies, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘You know the score, pal. (If) You’re not cop, you’re little people!’

    Now there are three: cops, politicians and us, the ‘little people’ – aka ‘The Cash Crop’.

    I really am spitting blood at this most recent rip-off. It is fucking totally out of order. It’s time someone wised up. (Apols for the faff but…)

    And they’re not finished. There’s more, as Mr J Cricket used to proclaim. They have a wind-up allowance to pay off lackies, etc. Most of us thought these people just transferred over to the nearest (party) money pit.

    And they wonder why the vote is going down.

  • I had a quick (and rough) look at the cost of Stormont a few weeks back. It’s f**king scary how much public cash is wasted over here and Stormont alone is a shining example.

    Can’t the consumer council lodge a complaint about the lack of value for money or something?

  • joeCanuck

    “Bet she keeps it.”

    Basis for your bet?
    Don’t blame her if she doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
    What would you do?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Plum Duff:

    And they wonder why the vote is going down.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but the turnout went up at the last assembly election.

  • Plum Duff

    Thanks for the correction, Comrade. Obviously turkeys not only like voting for Christmas, they’re paying for it as well.