Additional payments which could cost up to £4.2 million a year have been sanctioned for the staff of Northern Ireland Assembly members.
The revised determination on MLA allowances brings the salaries of their staff into line with those who work at the Assembly, while also bringing parity in terms and conditions.
Grade one staff will see their starting annual salary rise from £18,000 to £23,490, grade two staff from £19,750 to £29,400 and grade three staff from £22,750 to £36,100.
MLA have staff whose work ranges from constituency duties to preparing members for committee meetings and plenary sessions, as well as assisting with private members bills.
The overall staffing allowance per MLA has been increased from £50,000 per year to £80,000, to enable them to employ two-and-a-half full-time staff.
Amendments to the 2016 determination also make changes for constituency office costs and technical adjustments necessary due to the exit from
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