MPs’ pay to rise by £1,000 a year, just months after 10% salary increase

As the cuts rain down, the tax avoiding multinationals are off the hook and MPs’ pay is rising

The cuts are falling hard. Doctors are striking. Even David Cameron’s mother has signed a petition against government cuts to frontline services.

Facilities delivered by local councils including youth services, libraries, bus services and children’s services are all in the firing line as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s austerity measures.

Public sector cuts are also now taking their toll on firefighters, schools and further education.

Yet last week Osborne offered a nauseating “sweetheart” tax deal to Google, allowing them to pay less than 3% corporation tax over a ten year period, costing the Treasury millions, before jetting off to the Super Bowl as a VIP guest of… Google.

Elsewhere, Boris Johnson is refusing to comment on the increasingly shady-looking procurement process for the multi-million pound garden bridge, and five MPs are currently being investigated for expenses fraud.

This is all just within the last two weeks.

You’d think that after this sort of alienating behaviour the government would be keen to reign in activities that will estrange the public.

But the latest kick in the teeth comes in the form of a significant pay rise for MPs.

MPs’ pay and expenses come entirely from the UK taxpayer, and pay is set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

IPSA has said MPs’ pay will increase by £952 a year from April 1.

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The pay rise follows a controversial 10% salary increase for MPs which went ahead at the end of 2015.

The latest pay rise is the result of new rules which link MPs pay levels to average public sector pay. Public sector average earnings rose by 1.3% this year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

This means MPs basic wage will rise to £74,962 a year. Ministers receive a further £68,000 a year.

Speaking to the Sun, Labour’s Gloria de Piero, the shadow minister for women criticised the rise. She said: “I’m concerned that yet again this looks like our pay is going up quicker than other public sector workers like police, nurses and teachers. If their pay is capped at 1%, why shouldn’t ours be?”

But Conservative MP Charles Walker told the Telegraph that IPSA’s decision was the result of “a tortuous consultation in regards to MPs’ pay”.

“Regardless of the views of colleagues and the public there has to be a mechanism for setting the pay of members of parliament. The mechanism chosen by Ipsa is the least worst of the options available,” he said.

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