Dear Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (Northern Ireland),
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request all documents from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister concerning the decision of the Minister and Department of Finance and Personnel (Northern Ireland) to increase Special Adviser Pay Levels in 2012. I understand this decision was made in 2011 and implemented in 2012.
Such documents would include briefing notes prepared for Ministers of the Department at any stage since 2010 concerning pay band changes to civil servants that would have made reference to this impending salary increase. It would include any objections made by any Minister to the pay increases, in particular the Deputy First Minister, to such pay increases. This would include any responses by Special Advisers to the pay increase.
Can you advise of the status of this request and when a reply will issue?