Figures released by Number 10 today reveal that Nick Clegg’s team of advisers could be costing the taxpayer more than £1,000,000 per year. This figure would mark an increase of around 200% in the deputy prime minister’s staffing expenses since summer 2010 — a period in which public services have been slashed.
The official statement — which has been cynically sneaked out just as MPs depart for recess — shows that Clegg’s team has ballooned from just three people in June 2010 to fourteen now. A wage bill of between £850,000 and £930,000 could inflate up to well over £1,000,000 once employer’s national insurance contributions are taken into consideration.
The news comes after Clegg recruited seven extra advisers last October, using an academic report to argue that the coalition could collapse unless the Liberal Democrats were given more civil service support.
Good to see that Whitehall recruitment freeze is going well.