Statement by TUV Leader Jim Allister:-
“£26m had been set aside from Treasury, as part of the policing and justice devolution agreement, to meet Equal Pay claims from Civil Servants who had transferred to work for the PSNI and other agencies.
“Now, this money has been handed back to London as part, I believe, of the funding arrangement over the expensive G8 event. The return of the money has been confirmed in response to AQW 24739/11-15.
“Yet, there are unmet claims by these civil servants. Stormont has let them down. Instead of trying to help, by way of deciding to meet their claims by direct ministerial decisions (ministerial directions), or making payments under the Financial Assistance Act (NI) 2009, the Stormont ministers have turned their backs on them and paid the money back to the Treasury. This is a shameful betrayal of deserving employees.”