British MPs get £3,500 pay rise while Brits suffer devastating Covid cuts
London, Oct. 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British government has sparked fury by ploughing ahead with plans to hike stay-at-home MPs’ salaries by more than £3,500.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority faced calls to freeze politicians’ pay as the rest of the nation struggles in the Covid pandemic.
But the watchdog decided to continue linking MPs’ wages to the average rise for public sector staff.
They said the increase is likely to exceed inflation.
IPSA said it would base next year’s pay rise on October’s public sector year-on-year three-month growth figure — 4.1 per cent.
It would mean MPs, including the SNP’s Commons Covid breacher Margaret Ferrier, would get an extra £3,360 on top of their £81,932 salary
.IPSA, which was set up in 2010 in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal, said that given the “scale of future economic uncertainty arising from the coronavirus pandemic,” it had decided to continue using the same method that it had used to calculate changes to MPs’ salaries in previous years.
Richard Lloyd, IPSA’s interim chair, said: “IPSA is responsible for setting MP’s pay and pensions. We act independently of Parliament and have a statutory duty to review MPs’ pay in the first year of each Parliament.
“We carried out a major review of MPs’ pay with consultations in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and technical adjustments in 2018.
“Given the huge economic uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic, we do not think it is right to depart from this approach now.”
But some MPs and notable Britons have expressed unease about being awarded a pay rise at a time when many of their constituents are facing economic uncertainty.
Labour MP for Tooting, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said she would not take the pay rise or, if unable to refuse it, would donate it to charity.
She tweeted: “This isn’t right. Millions face job uncertainty and to give us MPs a pay rise now just sends the wrong message and highlights the economic divide in our country.”
And the Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland, in County Durham, Dehenna Davison, called the idea “bloody stupid” before issuing a reminder that MPs do not set their own salaries.