It has emerged today that, despite promising to donate their £7,000 pay rises to charity, less than 11 per cent of British MPs have actually done so.
British MPs received the controversial 10 per cent pay rise earlier this year, taking their pay from £67,000 per year to £74,000, which comes at a time of major public sector cuts, proposed changes to junior doctors’ contracts and the government attempting to scrap tax credits for working families.
In light of this, a report by The Sun revealed that 69 Members of Parliament publicly pledged to donate their pay rises to charity when it came into effect, but only 25 of those in Westminster have followed through on those words.
The pay rise was recommended and brought in by the government’s independent watchdog, so the change actually went through automatically rather than being something called for by the MPs themselves. Despite this, all of the party leaders told their MPs to give the extra cash away as a mark of solidarity.
However, The Sun found that only the following 25 MPs could confirm that they had done just that, and given their extra cash away to good causes:
Gloria de Pietro
Politicians going back on their promises? We’re shocked, quite frankly!