I am pleased to announce, well IPSA the independent body that sets the remuneration for MP’s will be recommending that MP’s receive a 12% pay rise, that is about £10,000 bring the salary of an MP up to around £76,000. This will increase the wage Bill by around £650,000 a year. Of course it is ‘us’ that pay ‘their’ wages.
The ‘us’ includes people living on the minimum wage, families that are struggling with increased fuel bill, and some of those paying an extra £14 per week because their Dialysis Machines takes up ‘the spare room’ and they have to pay the Bedroom Tax.
I appreciate that we are all ‘in this together’ and that austerity is here until 2018 because the Coalition Government has been really hardworking to ensure that the promise to lift austerity by 2015 has been exceeded, and we can all enjoy the austerity that little bit longer since we are all enjoying it so MUCH.
The fact that MP’s can claim for fuel allowances on their accommodation which they can rent at out expense, or they can claim the interest on a second mortgage (one MP had to use the facility because she lived a 30 minute tube ride away from Parliament) obviously means that they are probably enjoying austerity a little more than the rest of us.
I am actually quite calm about the rise, because IPSA has said that it will ‘crack down’ on expenses of MP’s and re-arrange MPs pensions (which they collect when they leave Parliament, and do not have wait until they are 65, 66, 67, or whatever the State Pension age is now.
I am glad that IPSA is going to crack down on fiddling expenses, I mean if you are an MP and get found out you’ve been ‘creative’ in claiming for work on a Moat around your house – an honest mistake we all make on our expense forms – you can just ‘pay the money back’ unlike the rest of us that would get sacked.
The argument that we should pay MPs more because it might encourage them to obey the law a little more is reasonable, unlike the rest of us who lose our jobs or get sent to Prison a better incentive is to let them get their nose deeper in the trough.
I hope, beyond all hope, that if my MP is getting 10% money extra that he will be doing 10% extra work, and when I say ‘work’ I don’t mean extending the baying chorus of Dingos at Prime Ministers Question Time – though if David Cameron answered questions – let alone 10 percent of them – at PMQs then I would consider that money well spent.
A ten percent reduction in the number of questions David Cameron asks at PMQs would be welcome.
(If you ever watch the political ‘Punch & Judy Show’ that is PMQs then take note of how many questions the Prime Minister answers that are not ‘planted questions’ from the Opposition – though he does seem to ask a lot of questions – Dave you are the PM, you shouldn’t be asking them you are there to answer them !)
To be fair to MPs this pay rise is being ‘forced up on them’ by IPSA, I am sure that that they will be crying all the way to the Bank.
Of course if they think it is too much then they could donate it to a charity, I am sure there are plenty of homeless charities that would welcome £10,000 a year extra – but that’s not going to happen is it?