That’s right, MPs are to receive a £7,000 pay rise (the Prime Minister’s salary will hit £150,000) after the body responsible for setting their pay and expenses stuck by its recommendation for a 10% increase.
The proposal was originally put forward by The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in 2013, and according to them, there appears to be no “material” reason to alter its proposal. Unless new evidence emerges, MPs will receive a pay rise from £67,060 to £74,000. To put that in to context, that’s almost three times the UK’s average salary of £26,000.
David Cameron opposes the move but has said he will not block the increase, saying that MPs’ pay is a matter for Ipsa.
His spokeswoman said:
Throughout this process and debate, the prime minister has been absolutely clear that he doesn’t agree with the proposed increase. But ultimately it is up to Ipsa as an independent body to decide MPs’ pay and it is for them to make their determination.
She finished by stating the PM’s focus is on bringing down the cost of politics in areas under his control.
Many will feel it is wrong for the pay rise to go ahead with so many ordinary people struggling, and further guts proposed by the Tory government.
There’s already been a significant backlash on twitter:
MP's pay rise 10%. Rest of public sector 1%. Not bad for a job where no qualifications are required. No austerity for MP's. #self interest.
— WestYorksPolFed (@WestYorksPolFed) June 3, 2015
What time today will Cameron be on TV doing his concerned face, talking about 'difficult decision' to accept inflation busting MP pay rise?
— Ron Moore MP (@RonMooreMoreRon) June 3, 2015
10% pay rise for MP's but they can't fork out any money to increase the wages of nurses and midwives??
— JackAldred (@itsjack16) June 3, 2015
Some of the MPs themselves do not agree:
Submitting my official objection to a pay-rise for MP's today. Inappropriate at a time of public sector pay freeze. pic.twitter.com/LXBzawqeBi
— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerMP) June 2, 2015
But this guy has a solution to the problem should the pay rise go ahead. If any MPs are truly uncomfortable with their pay rise you know what to do:
If any MP is struggling to accept their £7k pay rise. I can put them in touch with a local #foodbank who would be delighted to accept it.
— Rob McDowall MEA (@robmcd85) June 2, 2015
However, it is worth noting that our MPs salaries are certainly not the highest when compared to our European counterparts. In fact, even with the pay rise considered, German and Italian MPs will still have a higher salary than UK MPs.
That being said, their timing of such a significant rise must be questioned, especially when public sector pay rises have been capped at 1%.