Government spending on advisers has increased to £9.6 million a year, it has emerged.
According to an annual report published by the government, the UK is spending £9.6 million in taxpayer cash to fund 108.4 advisers, £700,000 more than the amount spent between 2017 and 2018 – amounting to the largest SpAd bill since 2015.
The increase in spending is in part due to rising staff numbers. While there were 37 special advisers to the Prime Minister last year, now there are 44, including the infamous Dominic Cummings – who entered Downing Street yesterday with his arse hanging out (see above).
Criticising the report, journalist Otto English said:
We can think of a few things the money would be better spent on.