David Cameron Gave Special Advisers Pay-Rises Of Up To 24% In 2015

The report follows revelations last month that Cameron had granted his spads large severance payments, against the advice of the Civil Service.

Seven of the ten spads reappointed by Cameron after the 2015 general election received pay rises. 

Among them was Adam Atashzai, whose salary rose from less than £58,200 in 2014 to £72,000 in 2015, Ameet Gill and Liz Sugg, whose salaries rose from £80,000 in 2014 to £98,000 in 2015, and Kate Marley, who went from less than £54,121 in 2014, to £65,000 in 2015, according to Civil Service World.

Other Downing Street spads who benefited from the decision were Daniel Korski, who saw a salary increase from £80,000 in 2014 to £93,000 in 2015, and Nick Seddon, who saw an 11% pay-rise sending his salary to £88,000, Civil Service World said.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, told Civil Service World: “We believe that every civil servant deserves a decent pay rise. It is frankly shameful that David Cameron thinks that this should just apply to his close circle of political friends.”

He added: “Our members will be rightly outraged by the double standards of a prime minister who richly rewards a privileged few, while ignoring the falling living standards of hundreds of thousands of dedicated civil servants.”

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said in a statement: “Decisions about special adviser salaries take into account various factors including the level of responsibility associated with a particular role and the background and experience of the individual concerned.”

They added: “These increases, which were agreed by the then prime minister, reflected changes to the scope and range of responsibility in the roles of a number of special advisers following their reappointment after the 2015 general election.”

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