Downing Street has actually defended making use of a taxpayer-funded photographer to take photos of the prime minister’s pet, Dilyn, frolicking in the snow, stating their function is to record the work of the federal government.
A series of images of Dilyn appeared on No 10’s Flickr account, along with pictures of Priti Patel visiting a vaccination centre and Boris Johnson getting ready for prime minister’s concerns.
Asked whether taking snaps of the canine was an appropriate usage of taxpayers’ money, the prime minister’s spokesperson said: “These photographers record the work of federal government, along with the work inside No 10.”
He included that the professional photographer was “a cross-government resource” who would “support other government departments in their work, and other cabinet ministers and ministers in the work they’re undertaking”.
Reacting to the idea the canine belonged to the government, a Labour source stated: “The government has actually made such a canine’s supper of problems from the border action to kids’ education. Dilyn would be a significant improvement and most likely waste less taxpayers’ money.”
The spokesperson validated Johnson had 3 professional photographers on the government payroll: his special adviser and long time photographer, Andy Parsons; a Ministry of Defence professional photographer on secondment in Downing Street; and a new recruit.
The federal government’s annual report on unique advisers revealed that Parsons, who took a posed shot of Johnson signing his resignation letter when he left Theresa Might’s cabinet, works part-time on a pay rate equivalent to a full-time salary of ₤ 100,000 a year.
Johnson’s spokesman stated the thoroughly picked images were offered free of charge. “We make these pictures readily available for editorial usage, not simply domestically but worldwide as well.”
In October, the Cabinet Workplace marketed for a professional photographer to “promote the work of ministers and the larger government visually”.
The advertisement for the ₤ 60,000 a year post said: “No two days will ever be the exact same in this role. One day you may accompany a cabinet minister on a global check out, working closely [with] press officers across Whitehall to provide a series of coordinated announcements, and the next you will be operating in the Cabinet Office producing ingenious visual material.”