Eight OFMDFM SPADs paid at least £458,400

The Belfast Telegraph’s David Gordon has been asking some “stupid” questions, with the help of a “lazy” Freedom of Information request, of OFMDFM the semi-detached polit-bureau – “OFMDFM said its special advisers are ‘paid within the pay band £57,300-£79,740’.” It’s an industrial wage.. of sorts.. From the Belfast Telegraph report

Special Ministerial advisers are classed as temporary civil servants and are party political appointments. First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have three apiece, while OFMDFM junior ministers Robin Newton and Gerry Kelly have one each. Ministers in other departments have one each.