When people are suffering from job losses or the fear of job losses, now is not the right time to award the MPs a £3,300 pay rise. Its a bit of a slap in the face and I agree with the Business Secretary who says it is inappropriate.
Don’t forget that they also get an increase for the “staff” too and how many do you think employ a least one family member? All money into the family household pot….no bad when you can get it.
Saying no will go a long way with people and it will show that MPs do not work for themselves, but care what the people think but somehow I don’t think they will turn it down.
Whilst I agree to donating the money what about next years? The MPs need to turn it down collectively and keep turning it down as the country cannot afford it, and if there is money going why not put it to those key workers who actually went out to work and carried on working….unlike the majority of MPs who are still at home. Thankfully my MP got on the train and off to Parliament he went as he knew that he needed to be seen to be working so well done Andy Carter.
We cannot in times like this allow the quite considerable sum to be awarded and if necessary a petition must be started to stop this annual farce. I mean take the likes of Jess Phillips…or Ian Blackford their annual expenses are over £200k plus…can they really justify that? To some MPs I should imagine that the privilege of serving your country ahs been replaced to serving themselves especially and its wrong. If you take the average cost of £250k (which is generously low for their expenses and pay but I decided to err on the side of caution) for the MPs overall that is 650 x £250k … is £162.5 million. every year and growing. The £3300 pay raise is another £2.1 million. This just cannot go on and to expect people to be happy about this is not something that will happen. Don’t forget they have the most generous holidays too……
By the way this is not including their Lordships. There are 800 of them and when back in session will claim £330 a day which for a 5 day week has the potential to cost us another £47 million if you put them on a 36 week working week as lets face it, they are generous with awarding themselves holidays. During lockdown they are claiming half that and some bless them are said to be struggling on the £165 a day…that’s tax free by the way…. and some have actually asked for a hardship fund. Yep I know how ridiculous is that…it seems that they are struggling on what is £800 a week…tax free. My heart bleeds for them but any hardship funds need to go to those who deserve it, and their Lordships certainly don’t.
Now all of these costs will not include the cost of the building, the staff in the building and the cost of running it and this democracy lark is not cheap, but what it does show is that they are already costing too much, and instead of having their hands out grasping yet again maybe it is about time they put back into the country instead of taking out…..
Don’t forget they get extra for sitting on committees and those lovely trips that when this pandemic is over they will be falling over themselves to get on one….ALL TAX FREE and paid for.
Nice when you can get it…..