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As millions of people are out of work due to the virus and the worst recession in history is looming, MPs are expected to get a 4.1 percent salary increase. This would boost their salaries from £81,932 to a staggering £85,232.
This is almost three times medium annual pay in the UK, which stands at £31,461, according to official figures.
Despite the pay rise being recommended by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), Boris Johnson has opposed it.
His official spokesman said: “MPs’ salaries are obviously decided by an independent body but given the circumstances, the PM doesn’t believe MPs should be receiving a pay rise.”
In an Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 8am to 7pm – asked whether the pay rise should be blocked during the pandemic.
Out of 6,526 votes, 92 percent of people backed the decision to block the pay rise.
Only eight percent said the pay rise should not be blocked while 17 people (less than one percent) said they didn’t know.
One reader said: “What work have MPs done this year?
“They were given £10,000 to work from home.
“We pay them all and it’s about time the public had a strong say in how their money is spent.
“Are the people who are keeping the economy going getting £3,000 wage rise?
“All the 999 services working long hours, stop using the coronavirus as an excuse.”
A second reader added: “No pay rise for anyone in the Houses of Parliament, both Houses.
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“In fact, they should take a 20 percent pay cut, less generous expenses allowances and pension entitlements.”
Someone else fumed: “While the majority of working people (except for those on the public payroll) suffer with employment uncertainty, restricted hours and redundancy… the pig greedy MPs of all parties wants an increased salary?
“No they should not get an increase and in fact they should get a roll back as most, if not all of them, are now only working part time.”
Another person echoed: “They should be taking a pay cut.
“They are attacking pensioners and have frozen public workers pay, how can they take a pay rise?
“Now they are threatening the middle classes. Ask me again why MPs are being attacked? What a joke!”
A fifth reader said MPs pay should “always be linked to economic performance” like “any management teams pay is”.
A sixth person said: “For MPs to accept this rise is of sheer greed.
“When people queue for food and businesses fail, this is salt-in-the-wound.”
The median annual pay for full-time employees stood at £31,461 for the tax year ending April 5, 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The experts said this was a 3.6 percent increase on the previous year, but warned annual pay estimates have been largely unaffected by the pandemic.
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