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Stormont pays most for Special Advisers out of all Devolved Legislatures.

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A Freedom of Information request reported by the News Letter has revealed that the Stormont Executive pays more for Special Advisers than the Scottish and Welsh Governments combined.

The figures for the last financial year, show that the Executive paid out just under £2m for 21 Special Advisers. The Scottish Government paid out just over £1m for 14 advisers and the Welsh Government paid less than £500,000 for just 9 advisers.

Nine of the 21 advisers are appointed to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, 3 of them on salaries of almost £92,000.

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