MP to do­nate pay in­crease

Ferrier slams ‘out­ra­geous’ rise

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Mar­garet Ferrier MP has vowed to do­nate her pay rise to a lo­cal char­ity.

The Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West mem­ber made the prom­ise this week as she de­scribed the 10 per cent in­crease in MPs’ pay as “out­ra­geous and un­jus­ti­fi­able in a time of aus­ter­ity”.

MPs of all Westminster par­ties will see their an­nual salary in­crease by £ 7000 to £ 74,000 with the rise back­dated to May 8.

The con­tro­ver­sial move is be­ing brought in by the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Au­thor­ity, an au­ton­o­mous body cre­ated by Par­lia­ment in the wake of the MPs’ ex­penses scan­dal.

IPSA say the in­crease is a “one-off ad­just­ment” with chair­man Sir Ian Kennedy say­ing MPs’ pay had been a “toxic” is­sue “which had been ducked for decades”.

From next year MPs’ pay will be linked to other jobs in the public sec­tor.

But Ms Ferrier be­lieves it is a bad move that would fur­ther in­crease dis­trust of politi­cians.

She con­firmed her in­crease would go to char­ity, say­ing: “There are plenty of de­serv­ing lo­cal good causes, and with many ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fund­ing is­sues in re­cent years, I know that any ex­tra do­na­tions I’m now able to make will be grate­fully re­ceived.

“Now is a time of aus­ter­ity and huge fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties for far too many peo­ple. It is not right for MPs to have a pay rise in these cir­cum­stances.

“It’s wrong for MPs to get a pay rise at a time when many fam­i­lies across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are strug­gling to make ends meet fi­nan­cially.

“Ge­orge Os­borne has just an­nounced that public sec­tor work­ers will have their pay rises capped at one per cent for at least the next four years. Un­der these cir­cum­stances, the manda­tory 10 per cent pay rise for MPs can­not be called any­thing else other than ab­surd.

“Pol­i­tics in gen­eral has an im­age prob­lem. Many peo­ple feel dis­en­fran­chised and de­tached from the po­lit­i­cal process, and to fur­ther in­flate the earn­ings of well-paid politi­cians will only serve to fur­ther that sense of dis­con­nect.”

The pay in­crease has been widely crit­i­cised by politi­cians of all par­ties, in­clud­ing the Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron.

But IPSA say the in­crease won’t cost the tax­payer a penny due to a re­struc­tured pen­sion scheme and the loss of some ex­penses, such as for evening meals.

Re­fusal Mar­garet Ferrier MP will not take her 10 per cent in­crease

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