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Furious that MP's are to get an 11% pay rise!

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Millenniumbug1 Sun 08-Dec-13 08:42:24

Why? When the rest of the country is wondering how we're going to pay our heating bills, we had 30,000 deaths due to the cold last year, (many more than Switzerland), but the MPs award themselves this pay rise.
I always feel indebted to vote, but I wish we could have a box on the ballot paper which says that we don't like any of them! I just don't think they've earned an 11% pay rise.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 08-Dec-13 08:44:37

We'll they deserve it of course. It's hard time consuming work fucking everyone over . Didn't you know??

AndHarry Sun 08-Dec-13 08:47:51

sad Really? That's shocking. I wonder why they think it's ok?

My workplace certainly doesn't award pay rises at all based on inflation or what we feel our jobs are worth.

PacificDogwood Sun 08-Dec-13 08:48:58

Are they? Really??

My net income as been going down for years.

But that's ok as according to the DailyFail I make a cool quarter of a million anyway hmm

musicposy Sun 08-Dec-13 08:51:19

Agree completely. DH has been fighting to get 1% for two years now - there have been no pay increases for ages. In 5 years his pay has barely increased at all. And this while everything gets more and more expensive.We can barely afford DH's travel to work, let alone Christmas. Even my 17yo is working every spare hour from college so she can pay for some of her stuff. 3 working adults in the house and we cant make ends meet because wages are so low (DD is on £4 an hour and DH not much over NMW) Then they try and tell us we're all in it together. Yeah, right.

softlysoftly Sun 08-Dec-13 08:52:27


I've moved from private sector to a statutory body (ngo)and their pay has been frozen for 3 years. Shouldn't that apply across the board?!

beeny Sun 08-Dec-13 08:52:30

It really is like "Animal Farm"

tethersend Sun 08-Dec-13 08:56:28

Well, I think they should get a pay rise.

Pay rises are A Good Thing, on the whole. As is attracting professionals to stand as MPs.

I just think the rest of the country should get one too.

They absolutely should get a pay raise.

The same rate as all other public sector workers.

My public sector husband just got 1.5%. Over something like 6 months.

So out of touch.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 08-Dec-13 08:59:54

Apparently we are all in it together. sad

Babysealion Sun 08-Dec-13 09:00:23

It's on the BBC news website.
This has actually just made me so, so angry angry.

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Sun 08-Dec-13 09:01:51

I think 11% is about right to keep up with the rising cost of living. The trouble is, the rest of us won't be keeping up.

Babysealion Sun 08-Dec-13 09:02:03

MPs receive payrise BBC News

Iamsparklyknickers Sun 08-Dec-13 09:04:34

I'm so glad we're in this together Dave.... Dave? Where are you?

kerala Sun 08-Dec-13 09:06:38

I don't think they are paid enough. It's bloody hard work and lots of them could make substantially higher salaries doing other jobs. You need to attract the best. And don't want to return to the days of needing to have a private income to be an mp.

BakerStreetSaxRift Sun 08-Dec-13 09:10:37

Agree they should get the same payrise they have forced on the rest of the public sector, which I believe to be 1% ish?

How on earth can they think they deserve 11% when nurses are so stretched and are only getting a tenth of that?!

noblegiraffe Sun 08-Dec-13 09:12:24

Well, they need a payrise now that they can't fiddle their expenses any more.

BakerStreetSaxRift Sun 08-Dec-13 09:15:13

Kerala but the point is that far too many of them are of no use whatsoever (Caroline Flint, Ed Balls, Michael Gove) and actually wouldn't make more money elsewhere because some of them have no experience whatsoever.

Yes we need more people with real life experience to be MPs, but rewarding the useless incumbents with an 11% payrise is not the way to do it.

brettgirl2 Sun 08-Dec-13 09:15:51

I disagree it is simplistic at best to assume more money=better candidates. You could equally equate more money to greedier candidates.

Also parliament should be a cross section of society, not solely professionals.

Helpyourself Sun 08-Dec-13 09:19:59

My initial reaction is wtaf.
But the pay was set ipso, an independent body set up to sort out the expenses/ perks/ general thieving that was going on. Any MP with any sensitivity should donate it to Charity.

Helpyourself Sun 08-Dec-13 09:21:14

grin @ noblegiraffe

"And don't want to return to the days of needing to have a private income to be an mp."


Yes, because a room full of mostly millionaires have no private income.

You should like you're about as in touch with reality as they are.

HermioneWeasley Sun 08-Dec-13 09:22:23

Don't you know they need to be paid more so they're not corruptible? Nobody wants to be corruptible.

OrlandoWoolf Sun 08-Dec-13 09:22:39

They do not reward themselves a pay rise. It's been decided by an independent body. They can't even vote on it.

They have lost some allowances.

What salary do you think someone with the repsonsibility of an MP should get? What comparable public sector job would you compare it to?

Well, then the independent body should be sacked and the taxpayer should be asked how much of a raise the MPs deserve.

Because I doubt any of us would give them 11% or are getting 11% any time soon.

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