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14/11/2017

MLA Salaries To Be Reviewed

An independent review has been commissioned into whether MLAs should still receive their salaries in full while there is no assembly at Stormont.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire has requested Trevor Reaney provide him with advice on wages for members of the assembly.

Mr Reaney is a former Clerk and Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly and a current member of the National Assembly for Wales Remuneration Board.
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Mr Brokenshire was speaking during the second reading of NI's Budget Bill.

Speaking in the House of Commons he said: "I know that many in Northern Ireland are concerned that full salaries continue to be paid to assembly members despite the impasse.

"I understand that concern, but I recognise too that, in fact, many of those elected have been desperate to serve since March and have continued to provide valuable constituency functions in the meantime."

(CD/JP)

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