Independent Panel finds problems with MLA Staff Recruitment.

Quick scan through the report….

The Independent Financial Review Panel report today said that MLAs have 84 different job titles for their staff. But, what was more bizarre was that the pay rates for some levels of staff ranged from £6.35-£33.75 per hour.

The report was also critical about the recruitment process for members of staff complaining about the lack of a recognisable process for recruitment of members of staff.

On family members the report argues that anybody employing relatives of other colleagues in the Assembly should be declared in the Register of Interests.

Link to the full report is here

Is this just a case of uncessary criticism of MLAs or is the system fundamentally broken?

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  • Dan

    By any chance, does the last paragraph in the report say that the NI public are being taken for mugs by a bunch of shady chancers?

  • Morpheus

    Y’know what they need? A good “conscience clause” to get around any employment legislation they don’t like

  • chrisjones2

    One MLA pays staff 4 times as much as another for the same job.Still its only (our) money, eh.

    Then we had the dodgy companies,rents from firends, bogus charities

  • chrisjones2

    Eye’s too close together?

  • chrisjones2

    Arent they already exempt?

  • chrisjones2

    Thats half the Person Spec for Ministerial office here

    The other half is hating themuns. Have you enough hate in you?

  • Reader

    I think doctors employ staff out of their own pockets to help to run their practices. While they may be very well paid indeed, and may be doing it as a tax dodge, at least they aren’t charging it to the rest of us as expenses.

  • Practically_Family

    So naturally we’ll vote them out to man at the next election… Won’t we?

    Because if we didn’t you could almost come away from it thinking that trying to humiliate themmuns was actually more important than gaining any kind of equitable representation for ourselves.

  • chrisjones2

    Naw…its that they may be crooks, shysters and incompetents but their oursuns …and whats a little bit of nepotism between friends.After all its only money

  • Matt Beeching

    whoopy doo so there has been a report produced in expenses and how relatives are employed etc. But what does it solve? what has it achieved? Is there going to be a full audit so we know what we are paying for?

    Make sure all MLA’s expense claims are fully audited and/or investigated and sign this petition now……. https://www.change.org/p/northern-ireland-assembly-independent-financial-review-panel-we-the-undersigned-demand-the-following-1-carry-out-a-full-investigation-into-all-mla-and-ministers-expenses-for-a-period-of-no-less-than-10-years

  • chrisjones2

    Yeah but they pay with THEIR money not ours

  • chrisjones2

    Errr….. the revenue caught that one yuears ago i am afraid