According to a news flash I have just found MP’s are in line for a pay rise of between £10/20,000 per annum. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has been looking at an increase of between £10,000 and £20,000 - although the lower figure is considered more likely.(pa press net) It is understood that in January a survey was conducted amongst MP’s who, on average, thought they should receive £86,000 although some thought £100,000 would be correct. Changes would probably not come into force until after the 2015 General Election.
It gives a whole new understanding of the phrase quoted by certain politicians that “we are all in this together”. Right,………… unless you happen to be an MP, of course. Whilst cuts are made to benefits, whilst local authorities are suffering massive cuts, whilst essential services are cut dramatically including A&E departments struggling with inadequate staff, those at Westminster think they can justify having their noses in the trough again. One might be excused for thinking that for most people £66,000 a year plus expenses would be reasonable – not it seems for our MP’s. Any wonder that the general public is completely disillusioned with them.
We hear rather a lot about scroungers; do MP’s consider themselves to fall into that category? ……………….perhaps they should!