Departing MLAs entitled to £70k taxpayer-funded golden goodbye - Belfast Telegraph

David Hoey, Northern Ireland co-ordinator of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said the payments were too big.

"Of course there will be some expenses incurred by departing MLAs winding up their offices, as well as staff redundancies to be handled, but taxpayers would expect those costs to be fully accounted for and kept to a minimum," he said.

"What especially sticks in the craw is the fact that those MLAs departing of their own volition are being handed a five-figure taxpayer-funded golden goodbye.

"Particularly when budgets are so tight, this kind of largesse is totally unjustifiable, as is the ability of former MLAs to keep the Aladdin's cave of gadgets and gizmos they've bought with taxpayers' money for their offices over the years."

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Departing MLAs entitled to £70k taxpayer-funded golden goodbye - Belfast Telegraph
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