David Cameron's advisers get extra pay-off


Bygone Prime Minister David Cameron has overruled civil service suggestion so his special advisers get severance y worth a total of £282,000.

An exchange of letters between postpositive major civil servants shows the ex-PM was advised against the extra yments, but pressed vanguard because the advisers were suddenly losing their jobs.

Mr Cameron left as PM on Wednesday.

Unions said it was “astonishing hypocrisy” while the rest of the polite service faced cuts in redundancy terms.

The letters between the chief supervisory of the civil service, John Manzoni, and Mr Cameron’s Princi l Private Secretary, Simon In the event that, have been published on the Gov.UK website.

‘Strong advice’

In his letter, Mr Manzoni influenced special advisers – temporary civil servants who work directly for supplies and are able to provide more political advice than their Whitehall associates – were entitled to four and a half months of y when they confounded their jobs.

“I do not believe there is a case for awarding higher quantity a recapitulates than those for which the contract allows,” he wrote.

“Legal information supports this position, and lawyers have been clear that trophying a further month’s salary for special advisers in this position resolution constitute a yment above the contractual entitlement.

“My strong advice is that we resume to abide by the provisions in their contracts of employment.”

He said Mr Cameron’s conclusiveness would increase Number 10’s severance y bill by £282,892, fetching it from £747,045 to £1,029,938, and set a precedent across all government de rtments which could prompt to a further 30 special advisers getting the same deal.

He solicit fromed for a “written direction” to authorise the higher yments, equivalent to six months’ y, and foretold it could lead to an investigation by the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

‘Indecisive time’

In his response, sent the day Mr Cameron was replaced as prime minister by Theresa May, Mr ck said the then PM wanted to proceed with the yments for special confidantes, who were reappointed after last year’s election.

Explaining Mr Cameron’s decidedness, he said: “He is conscious that the situation they find themselves in is on account of no fault of their own.

“The termination of their employment has been sudden and unexpected, and he does not desire to exacerbate an already difficult and uncertain time for them by inferring that their dream of and loyal service is not fully recognised.”

Mr Case said Mr Cameron did need the six months rule to be applied across government.

The FDA union, which reflects senior public service mangers, said it was “an astonishing act of hypocrisy from Cameron, flourishing redundancy y for his special advisers whilst in the middle of cutting redundancy terms for the lay of the civil service.

“It sends a clear message about who he valued most.”

The Purchasers and Commercial Services Union said it was a “stunning last act of cronyism”.

Mr Cameron had been imagined to step down in September, but the Conservative leadership contest suddenly ended when Andrea Leadsom trailed out, leaving Theresa May as the only contender.

The PM then announced he would agreement with down within days.

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