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Originally posted by woodwardjnr
It really is something when these people, already considered in the top 5% earners, vote to give themselves an above inflation pay rise, while all other government departments and employees face cuts or below inflation pay rises. They themselves are public employees. Many with second jobs and vested interests in private sector companies.
Their pay should be cut in line with other government departments with no second jobs allowed. If they don't like it maybe they can find another job elsewhere.
I'm sure there are many capable out there who would take on the job, who are just as competent if not more. It's hardly like we are blessed with a current crop of political masterminds at the moment. There are more politically aware and intelligent people on ATS, than either the cabinet or shadow cabinet.
A salary of £74,000 in 2015, with rises after that linked to average earnings across the whole economy.
The taxpayer will be hit with a £4.6 million bill for the increase which will take effect after the general election in 2015.
However, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) also proposed to offset the costs with curbs to pensions, expenses for dinners, TV licences, taxis, and "golden goodbyes".
It insisted that the overall burden on the taxpayer will only go up by £500,000 when the package comes into force.
Ministers are considering freezing or even cutting the minimum wage, despite embarking on the largest contraction to date in the welfare state with the aim of making “work pay”.
The wage, paid to almost a million low paid workers at companies such as retailers and manufacturers, has never been cut since its introduction in 1999.
But Downing Street said on Tuesday morning the business department was mulling over a report from the Low Pay Commission, which recommends the wage level, and could end up reducing the rate.
And to those moaning about their own pay, if you don't like it get a better job. I know many will say there isn't the work out there but in my experience skilled workers are in short supply. The company I work for can't get staff despite paying well above average rates.