CRITICS SAY DAVID CAMERON 'SHOULD BE ASHAMED' AFTER STAFF PAY RISES AFTER ELECTION

David Cameron (above) should be ¿ashamed¿ after he handed his special advisers inflation-busting pay rises following last year¿s election victory, opposition politicians said
David Cameron (above) should be ‘ashamed’ after he handed his special advisers inflation-busting pay rises following last year’s election victory, opposition politicians said
David Cameron should be ‘ashamed’ after he handed his special advisers inflation-busting pay rises following last year’s election victory, opposition politicians said yesterday.
The former prime minister increased the salary of some ‘Spads’ by as much as £18,000, or up to 24 per cent, a new analysis found.
The double digit hikes – ordered despite pay being capped at just 1 per cent across the public sector – were widely condemned.
The special advisers’ salary increases came just months before Mr Cameron gave them generous severance packages following his resignation.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: ‘Cameron talked a lot about cutting the cost of politics over the last few years. This shows how utter empty this rhetoric was.
‘This is triple whammy – honours to cronies and a whacking great pay rise and then a bumped up severance package.
‘Compare this massive rise in a select few’s pay to a 1 per cent pay rise given to nurses, teachers and public sector workers and the 2 per cent average pay award across the private sector in 2015. This is frankly utterly shameless and the former PM should be ashamed.’
Seven out of 10 of the Downing Street advisers reappointed after last year’s general election received pay rises of up to 24 per cent in 2015, according to Civil Service World.
The biggest rise was enjoyed by Adam Atashzai, who saw his salary increase from less than £58,200 in 2014 to £72,000 in 2015. He was also awarded an MBE in Mr Cameron’s resignation honours list.
Ameet Gill, the former director of strategy at No 10, and Liz Sugg, the former head of operations, both reportedly received pay rises of 23 per cent, sending their salaries from £80,000 in 2014 to £98,000 in 2015.
Ms Sugg was given a life peerage in the wake of Mr Cameron’s resignation.
Special adviser Kate Marley went from being on pay band one in 2014, which is capped at £54,121, to earning £65,000 in 2015, an increase of at least 20 per cent, it was reported.
Daniel Korski, former deputy director of the No 10 policy unit, had a 16 per cent pay increase from £80,000 in 2014 to £93,000 in 2015.
Special adviser Nick Seddon, who was awarded an MBE, benefited from an 11 per cent pay rise last year, with his salary increased to £88,000, Civil Service World said.
Other advisers and speechwriters including Max Chambers, Laura Trott, Richard Parr, Martha Varney, and Kate Shouesmith also enjoyed pay hikes, according to the report.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron described the move as 'utterly shameless' and said the former PM 'should be ashamed'
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron described the move as ‘utterly shameless’ and said the former PM ‘should be ashamed’
Frances Trivett, the political private secretary to the prime minister’s chiefs of staff, progressed from being in a pay band capped at £40,352 a year, to pay band one, capped at £52,999 a year.
Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA union, which represents senior officials, told Civil Service World: ‘It would seem hypocrisy knows no bounds from a prime minister who preached pay restraint and austerity to public servants and the public, whilst at the same time awarding double-digit pay rises to his special advisers.’
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, told the magazine: ‘We believe that every civil servant deserves a decent pay rise.
‘It is frankly shameful that David Cameron thinks that this should just apply to his close circle of political friends.’
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, added: ‘Taxpayers will be shocked at the size of these increases at a time of necessary spending restraint.’
The revelations come just a month after it emerged that Mr Cameron overruled strongly worded civil service advice and boosted the golden goodbyes he gave his special advisers.
He ignored concerns raised by civil service chief executive John Manzoni to hand his staff an extra £282,000 in severance pay because of his resignation.
A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: ‘Decisions about special adviser salaries take into account various factors including the level of responsibility associated with a particular role and the background and experience of the individual concerned.
‘These increases, which were agreed by the then prime minister, reflected changes to the scope and range of responsibility in the roles of a number of special advisers following their reappointment after the 2015 general election.’ 

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