Stormont redeploys almost 200 staff due to executive's collapse

Stormont parliment buildings. Picture by Mal McCann
Brendan Hughes

ALMOST 200 staff at Stormont have been redeployed to other public sector roles and departments because of a lack of work since the executive's collapse last year.

Some staff have been asked to look at Brexit, while others have been seconded to a range of bodies including councils, universities, libraries and museums.

However, no civil servants have been made redundant as a result of the absence of Stormont ministers or a sitting assembly.

Northern Ireland has not had a power-sharing government or legislative assembly in place for the past year, leaving civil servants to run departments in the absence of politicians.

Most redeployed staff worked within the Northern Ireland Assembly, with a total of 166 transferred to other departments or public bodies since last year.

They include 45 transferred to executive departments, 10 to local schools, three to Queen's University Belfast, two for Ulster University, three for Libraries NI and two for Museums NI.

One has a salary of around £74,00 to £84,000; six earn £59,000 to £67,000; 25 have about £48,000 to £54,000; 64 receive £30,000 to £42,000; and 70 earn £20,000 to £28,000.

None have had their salaries changed as a result of being transferred to other roles.

The Executive Office (TEO) and justice department have each redeployed 11 staff members to other roles, according to Freedom of Information (FOI) responses to The Irish News.

Two of the TEO staff have moved to focus on the UK's exit from the European Union.

The executive's seven other departments did not disclose figures for how many of their staff have been affected.

However, in FOI responses they each said that "a number of staff who would normally work in support of the minister/assembly are temporarily carrying out work for other areas of the department on an ad-hoc basis".

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