Commenting on today’s Statement from Northern Ireland Secretary – Karen Bradley, UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said:
“Frankly – this is all too little, far too late from our Secretary of State.
£9 million of taxpayers money has already been wasted on these skiver’s wages – and small, gradual, incremental cuts to their current £49,500 salaries will do nothing to move things forward.
“After the two cuts outlined, (the first not until November and the second at some point next year) our work-shy MLAs will still receive a wage of £35,888 for NOT doing their job.
“The flawed argument that they still do Constituency work doesn’t wash – as the work is done by hard working staff, paid by expenses that will not be affected by this in any way.
“In relation to the new legislation to be brought forward at some un-named future date; it would be good to have someone making key decisions as we’ve had indecision and gridlock for months. However many questions still remain.
Stormont hasn’t sat for over 600 days and Civil servants have been running Northern Ireland for over eighteen months. Even if they are ultimately given the green light to take ownership of making further vital decisions, questions will undoubtedly be asked about transparency and accountability in such a process. We have already witnessed the spectacle of one court case which caused civil servants to virtually bring a halt to decision making.”
Commenting further, Robert added:
“Where else in the world would be paying previously elected legislators to not legislate, and paying civil servants to take the key ministerial decisions? This is a farce and Mrs. Bradley’s belated statement does little to re-assure the people of Northern Ireland, who have to work before getting their wages.
“All of this highlights the deep-rooted flaws in the current out-dated Stormont system of non-Government. We need to have a serious conversation about the long-term future governance of this place.
For now, an immediate return to direct rule is the only viable solution to allow us to move forward.”