Commenting after First Minister’s Questions, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:
“Boasting that bonuses have been abolished means nothing when the First Minister celebrates the £55,000 payment for 12 days work for one of the highest paid civil servants in Scotland.
“Two years ago he told the Parliament that John Swinney had acted “to heavily restrict bonuses in the public sector.” But now he has created his own loophole to allow the bonus culture to continue.
“He’s clearly spent too much time with rich and powerful people who find such payments commonplace. Most people will be offended that the First Minister has defended this £55,000 bonus. This shows how out of touch he has become.”