MPs’ pay is set to rise to £84k, while ordinary Brits face a cost-of-living crisis.
CAMPAIGNERS have reacted angrily to the news that MPs are set to receive a pay rise on the same day that families across the UK face skyrocketing National Insurance, fuel bills, and council tax bills.
Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom are currently paid £81,932 per year, but their salaries could rise to £84,000.
If the UK expenses regulator approves the increase, it will take effect on April 1.
MPs are under pressure to postpone their pay raise for another year after it was announced on the same day that tens of thousands of UK families will face skyrocketing household bills.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has now slammed the possibility of a pay raise for MPs.
According to the Taxpayer’s Alliance’s chief executive, politicians should be compensated based on the “country’s economic performance.”
MPs in the United Kingdom typically receive a yearly pay raise based on average public sector pay increases, which would amount to a 2.7 percent increase this year.
Last year’s pay raise for MPs was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, which oversees parliamentary pay expenses, announced last night that “a decision on MPs pay for 2022-23 will be made early in 2022.”
“Now is not the time for MPs to get a pay rise,” the Taxpayers’ Alliance told The Sun.
“Politicians’ pay should be linked to the country’s economic performance to show we’re all in it together,” added Taxpayers’ Alliance CEO John O’Connell.
The news comes after new data revealed that household income in the United Kingdom is plummeting due to the current cost-of-living crisis.
Tax hikes, rising inflation, and high gas prices could cost British families hundreds of pounds.
According to internal government estimates seen by the Times, if ministers fail to cap an increase in energy bills due in April, inflation could rise to around 7%.
Furthermore, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the wealth gap between the young and the old is enormous.
The wealth of those aged 55 and up was “25 times higher than that of those aged 16 to 24 years,” according to the ONS.
Rishi Sunak has been chastised by backbench MPs for his plans to increase the rate of.
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