£60,000 pay rise for judges sparks anger

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

JUDGES COULD be in line for an an­nual pay rise of al­most £60,000 in a move which could spark fury among pub­lic sec­tor work­ers, it has been re­ported.

A Gov­ern­ment-com­mis­sioned re­port has rec­om­mended High Court judges should re­ceive a 32 per cent salary in­crease, it was re­ported.

The pa­per said the rise would see their pay jump from £181,500-a-year to £240,000 – an in­crease of more than £1,100-aweek. The pro­posed in­crease – by the Se­nior Salaries Re­view Body (SSRB) – is said to have been jus­ti­fied by claims of low morale within the ju­di­ciary.

A com­bi­na­tion of long and stress­ful hours and a series of tax changes to pen­sion schemes for high earn­ers was said to have led to a re­cruit­ment cri­sis, with a sharp fall in the num­bers ap­ply­ing to join the bench.

How­ever a large rise could in­fu­ri­ate other pub­lic sec­tor work­ers.

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