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IPSA proposal to increase MPs’ salaries is plain wrong – and I will reject it

July 11, 2013

The body in charge of handling MPs’ salaries and expenses, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), has published recommendations that MPs should receive a pay rise of £6,296.

At a time of economic crisis and when so many of our constituents are struggling to make ends meet, I think this proposal to increase MPs’ wages is completely wrong.

I reject the salary hike recommended for 2015 – and would donate the extra money to charity.

Like many MPs, I support the idea of an independent body to manage MPs’ salaries and expenses to reduce interference by politicians, but IPSA isn’t doing itself any favours with these hugely out of touch plans.

— Caroline Lucas

Posted by Caroline Lucas on her blog.

If we look at what Members of Parliament are paid as an annual salary, then yes, they are underpaid, and probably deserve a modest increase, but now is not the time.

No one forced them to become MPs, few actually act for their constituents.

IPSA are completely out of touch with reality, if they think it is ok to increase MPs salaries by 11%.

We are living in a period of austerity, imposed on us by Parliament. Those who are on benefits, the poorest in society, have effectively seen their benefits cut, then on top of that hit with Council Tax and Bedroom Tax.

But MPs have called them scroungers, said it is perfectly reasonable to manage on benefits and what are they moaning about. The same MPs who are now saying they need a big pay rise.

And do not forget, many of them have nice little earners outside of their day job.

Gerald Howarth MP, has a nice little retainer acting as a consultant to a pay day loan company. Howarth is Member of Parliament for Aldershot, a deprived town, many of his constituents are victims of pay day loan companies.

Many ordinary people have two or three jobs. Not because like MPs they are greedy, but because they are in part-time, poorly paid jobs and only by having more than one job can they make ends meet, and not end up victims of pay day loan companies, modern day loan sharks.

Compared with this time last year, there are now three times as many people seeking help from food banks. Food banks are the fastest growing sector of the economy. In the last year, the number of food banks has doubled.

We are all in it together

January 2, 2011
exclusive Swiss ski resort of Klosters

exclusive Swiss ski resort of Klosters

Massive cuts to welfare budgets hitting the poorest and disadvantaged hardest. University student fees to rise threefold, education maintenance allowance for the poorest students scrapped. Lollipop ladies fired. Bookstart scrapped. Slash and burn of public services. The vast majority of the population seeing real disposable income fall as prices rise and the economy deflates.

We are all in it together!

Not if you are the super rich who have seen their wealth rise by a third in the year just ended. Not if you are tax dodgers like Sir Philip Green, Vodafone, Boots and many others.

Not if you are those who pushed through the austerity measures and slash and burn of public services. They celebrated Christmas and saw in the New Year living a life of Riley.

Millionaire Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne saw in the New Year at the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Klosters. No doubt those he rubbed shoulders with were happy to swap tips on the latest tax avoidance scams. But then Osborne does have the Finance Director of Vodafone as his adviser on corporate tax.

Probably the worst was House of Commons Speaker John Bercow elected to the position in the wake of the expenses scandal on a manifesto to clean up Parliament. Whilst the plebs shivered in the cold and the crush on the Embankment to watch the world’s most spectacular firework display to see in the New Year, Bercow held a lavish party on the House of Commons Terrace so he and his invited cronies could see in the New Year in style. Commons lackeys and flunkies were in attendance, including the Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms. One of those present was Prison Minister Cripin Blunt, having a good time whilst HMP Ford open prison in Sussex burnt to the ground. Bercow’s wife gushed on twitter what a wonderful time they were having.

Now why do I have an image of Mary Antoinette?

Also see

Captain SKA – Liar Liar

All in this together? 

Dance Against The Deficit Lies – Having it Peaceful

Why cuts are the wrong cure

Why austerity is not common sense

We are not the Topshop generation

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