Pay freezes and squeezes for us, good times for them

The Guardian reports:

Cabinet ministers have been quietly approving hefty pay rises for some of their own special advisers while freezing or imposing sub-inflation increases on the pay of millions of other civil servants and public sector workers, official figures show.

The rises – which in the case of one special adviser at Iain Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions was 36% last year – were condemned as outrageous last night by civil service unions and the Labour party.

The article goes on to say:

Last year David Cameron’s own chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn, received a 12% increase, from £125,000 to £140,000, which means he now earns more than double the £66,396 salary of an MP.

Philippa Stroud, a special adviser to Duncan Smith, saw her pay increase last year by even more: a 36% rise from £69,250 to £94,000 last year.

Fiona Cunningham and Nick Timothy, two special advisers to the home secretary, Theresa May, were bumped up last year by 14% from £65,000 to £74,000 while several others had smaller above-inflation increases.

Of course we are all in it together!

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