List of Special Advisers and Salaries released by DoF

It’s taken a lot longer than anticipated for the list of names and salaries to be released, but late this afternoon the Department of Finance issued the list and numbers. The average salary is £62,607 (down 13.8% from £72,681 in the last Executive) and the total pay-bill has decreased from £1,162,894 to £876,498. Four of the six special advisers in The Executive Office (which used to have eight advisers) have been placed in the middle of band 3, while all other SPADs are in pay-bands 1 or 2.

Special Advisers face new rules when they take up their posts, but recruitment process remains in hands of Ministers

This afternoon finance minister Conor Murphy published a new Code of Conduct for Special Advisers and a code governing their appointment, and details of the paybands (which now have a lower ceiling). The Code of Conduct goes further than other UK jurisdictions, requiring the use of official email systems, outlawing leaking of confidential information, quarterly publication of gifts, hospitality and meetings with external organisations and individuals.

Jim Allister sets sights on SpAd excesses

Today, TUV Leader and North Antrim MLA, Jim Allister has set his sights firmly back on the Special Advisers at Stormont. Having already succeeded in getting one of only two Private Members Bills onto the statute book in the lifetime of this Assembly (the other being Lord Morrow’s Human Trafficking Bill) and the only Bill to be opposed by a major party throughout its legislative passage  – Ann’s Law – which ensured that Special Advisers could not have a serious …

Read more…