• Suzanne McMinn
  • 9 December 2013

Who would be an MP?

Who would be a MP?  The long hours, the constant battles to get your views heard and proposals agreed.  The continuous nagging of constituents who feel that the promises that were made at election time have been long forgotten.

Well, having seen the recent news that MPs are up for an 11% salary increase, I for one want the job!!!

The proposed increase set for after the election in 2015 has been suggested by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), with a view to increase salaries to £74,000. 

When most public sectors are having to cope with a pay freeze for the last three years, and others only getting a 1% increase, this is a bitter pill to swallow, even when washed down with a glass of Dom Perignon for those lucky MPs.

Needless to say, there has been a huge backlash against the increase on the whole, with most (including admittely some MPs) struggling to understand how there is one rule for most of the public sector regarding pay increases, yet another rule for Parliament.

I could rant on and on about the inequity of it all, but no doubt you will have already formed your own views on the situation and how you will be supporting your local MP at election time.  Maybe you will be asking him/her how they will be spending their 11% increase, whilst you struggle home on crumbling pavements, in overcrowded public transport or kicking your way through the deluge of litter on the streets.

In an effort to bring some balance to my blog, the IPSA has also asked that MPs make contributions to their pensions, and final salary pension schemes will be removed. Welcome to the real world I say!!