Secretary Of State Called To Urgently To Review MLA's Pay

The leader of the Alliance Party has urgently called on Secretary of State Karen Bradley to review MLA's pay after talks collapsed to restore power-sharing in NI.

Naomi Long said to pay full salaries during the suspension is "untenable".

Northern Ireland has been without an Executive since January last year.

Mrs Long said: "We hope the Secretary of State will act on the issue of MLA pay - continuing to pay full salaries during this suspension is untenable and has been for some time. Alliance encourages her to address it as soon as possible."
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She continued: "There remain other options which the Secretary of State should be considering to try and aid the restoration of the Assembly. We offered a range of options, including bringing legislation through Westminster to address some of the issues which have not been able to be resolved, as well as transitional arrangements to address the current democratic deficit due to the absence of a fully functioning Assembly.

"In addition, we remain convinced only all-party talks led by an independent mediator are capable of reaching a sustainable and inclusive solution to this ongoing impasse, and they should be convened as soon as possible. Any more delay leaves the door open for further political drift and makes it yet more difficult to deliver a restored Executive."


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