The Belfast Telegraph report:

SPENDING on overtime by cash-strapped Stormont departments has spiralled to more than £40,000 a day, it can be revealed.

Civil servants have worked almost 1,135,000 extra hours during the last year, running up a near £15m bill.

That is a 14% rise on the previous year’s cost, and a 38% surge from two years ago – despite the Executive facing pressure to slash expenditure.

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