Northern Ireland

£612,00 paid to suspended civil servants

More than £612,000 has been paid out in salaries to 18 permanent staff who have been suspended from work in the civil service.

The information was given to the East Londonderry SDLP MLA John Dallat in response to a written question in the assembly.

Mr Dallat said that on average, £34,015 has been spent on each suspended civil servant.

He said that he believed the money could be better spent.

"This represents a very considerable amount of public money." he said which could be better spent on health, education and other services which are now under threat," he said.

"I intend to follow up this question with a further one enquiring about the length of time civil servants have been suspended because it is my belief that disputes could be settled much earlier and at a much lower cost to the taxpayer."