Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Note For The Record: Special Advisors


"THE wages of spin have risen to £5.9 million for 84 special advisers, the highest annual figures recorded since Tony Blair came to power in 1997.

Downing Street employs 25 of the publicly paid political appointments, outnumbering members of the Cabinet by two. Opposition parties yesterday renewed their calls for limits on the numbers and influence of special ministerial advisers through a Civil Service Act.

Three of Mr Blair’s advisers are on the top salary level of £100,900 to £136,500. They are believed to include Jonathan Powell, the Chief of Staff, and David Bennett, head of the Policy Directorate and a former executive with McKinsey."
(Times 25.7.06)

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