Government ‘Spads’ bill passes £8m

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Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The pay bill for ministers’ special advisers has risen to more than £8 million, according to official figures.

Labour said the rise – to a total of £8.4 million for 103 “Spads” in 2013-14 – represented a 17% increase on the previous year.

Six advisers are being paid £100,000 or more, with the list topped by David Cameron’s chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and his director of communications Craig Oliver, who each received £140,000.

Christopher Lockwood, the deputy head of the No 10 Policy Unit, received £134,000; the Prime Minister’s press secretary Graeme Wilson got £110,000; and Kate Fall, Mr Cameron’s deputy chief of staff, received £100,000.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s director of communications, Steve Lotinga, received £105,000.

Answering business questions in the Commons, the Leader of the House William Hague acknowledged there were more special advisers than there were under Labour, reflecting the “nature of coalition”.

However he said their average pay was lower than it had been during the previous government.

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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