Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ceisteanna (309)

Patrick O'Donovan


309. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if payments made to the advisers of serving members of the Government are expected to be reduced as part of the recently enacted legislation on public pay, Haddington Road; if so, the amount by which each grade will reduce and the overall saving from the pay of Government advisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30078/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The remuneration reduction provisions of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 apply to all public servants in receipt of annual remuneration over €65,000 including special advisers. Standard remuneration rates for Special Advisers are linked to the Civil Service Principal Officer (standard) scale of €80,051 – €83,337 - €86,604 – €89,898 – €92,672. However, in line with the guidelines for such appointments, a number of appointments have been sanctioned at higher rates. The reductions arising under the terms of the legislation in respect of the standard and higher approved rates are detailed in the following table. The overall savings arising from reducing the salaries paid to special advisers is estimated at some €240,000 on a full year basis.

Principal Officer Standard Scale












Approved Higher Rates