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Figures revealed today show that the Government’s spending on Special Advisers (SpAds) increased by around 25% in the last year, despite the Government’s repeated pledges to reduce the amount of tax payers’ money being spent. Commenting on the figures, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Jon Trickett MP said:
“This is yet another broken promise from David Cameron. On entering Downing Street, his Government promised to limit the number of special advisers but now their numbers are spiralling upwards on his watch – up 12.5% in just a year.
“With his Government a shambles, it’s no wonder David Cameron is looking for all the help he can get but his problem is his policies, not his PR. He’s completely out of touch.”
It was also revealed that Nick Clegg now has a total of 14 SpAds at a cost of almost £1million. Jon said:
“Even from a man who is used to breaking promises, this is total hypocrisy from Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. His party used to say Special Advisers shouldn’t be funded by the taxpayer but now, as this shambolic government lurches from crisis to crisis he’s attempting to shore himself up with a raft of new political appointees paid for by the public. You can’t believe a word he says.”