UKIP’s Economic Spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has said it is “very disappointing” that the cost of government Special Advisers has gone up by 17% in a year to £8.4 million.
Six advisers are being paid £100,000 or more, with the list topped by David Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and his director of communications Craig Oliver, who each received £140,000.
Patrick O’Flynn MEP said: “These figures are very disappointing when you consider that the government has at the same time failed get a handle on Britain’s spiralling debt and fiscal deficit.
“They have instead continued to increase spending on things which are not a priority for the British people as in this case. British taxpayers will rightfully not be impressed.
“What we really need are more real doctors and less government spin-doctors.”