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UUP peer slams NIO 'danger money'

Ulster Unionist peer Lord Laird
Lord Laird has criticised the allowance paid out to NIO staff

Hundreds of civil servants are still receiving so-called danger money, an Ulster Unionist peer has claimed.

Lord Laird said that around 500,000 is paid out to more than 1,500 Northern Ireland Office (NIO) staff each year.

"On what basis do they think civil servants working in the NIO are under a bigger threat here?" asked Lord Laird.

The NIO said the allowance was not "danger money". A statement said it was "in recognition of its work in the law and order field and is being reviewed."

Nipsa general secretary John Corey said: "It is part of the agreed terms and conditions of employment that civil service staff qualify for a small environmental allowance to take account of the particular circumstances of their workplace and the physical conditions in which they carry out their duties."

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