The reshuffle will lead to a record number of special advisers


This Tory-led Government is not doing what it promised it would. The number of special advisers, or “SpAds”, has risen to a staggering 85 and it now looks like this number will increase even further.

As a result of the Government reshuffle last week, it is clear that there will be more politicians in the Cabinet. It is very likely that this will also lead to the appointment of new special advisers.

I have written to Francis Maude to ask how many special advisers there were before the reshuffle and  how many new special advisers will be appointed as a consequence of the reshuffle.

Under the Coalition Agreement the Government promised to limit the number of Special Advisers. However, the number of special advisers has risen year on year from 69 to a record 85. This unbelievable 23% increase from 2010 shows just how serious the Government are about limiting the number of special advisers.

The truth is the Government is breaking its promises and appointing ever more special advisers, leaving  taxpayers lumped with the bill.

Below is a copy of the letter I have sent to Francis Maude

Dear Francis,

Following the Government reshuffle last week, it is clear that there are more politicians attending Cabinet than there were previously. This raises serious questions about the number of Special Advisers that will be appointed as a result of this increase in Cabinet members.

There has already been an increase in the number of special advisers from 69 in 2010 to 81 in July 2012. Despite the Government’s promise in the Coalition Agreement to limit the number of special advisers, this is a staggering increase of 17%.

Can you indicate how many special advisers there were before the reshuffle and how many will be appointed as a result of the reshuffle. Will you also give assurances that there will be no further increase in the number of special advisers

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Jon Trickett MP

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