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Median average earnings for the bottom 90 per cent of people in the UK amount to around 12,000 or £13,000, so the pay rise over the last six years – for the lowest-earning MPs – is around three-quarters of that.

This year’s rise is equivalent to one-third of my Carer’s Allowance. I know I’m allowed to earn money on top of that – but then, so are they.

And this is just the base rate for MPs. Those with special responsibilities – the Speaker and his assistants, committee chairs, cabinet and shadow cabinet members – all earn more. Some of them earn much, much more.

We can only come to one conclusion:

These people are ripping us off. And IPSA has to go.

But, you know what? Perhaps we should play them at their own game.

Clearly, they would like us to believe that they are held to very high standards.

So let us demand equality – that those standards are applied equally to everybody. The same rules on working hours. The same workers’ rights. The same rules on expenses claims…

Would that work?

MPs are expected to receive a 1.4% pay rise worth more than £1,000 in April next year, taking their salaries to £76,011.

Increases are based on the annual change in average weekly earnings across the public sector, which the Office for National Statistics calculated on Thursday at 1.4%.

The increase amount will be confirmed in February but is unlikely to change much by then, sources said. It follows a 1.3% rise this year, which followed a big increase from £67,000 to £74,000.

The rise is much greater than that received by most public sector workers, who have been subject to austerity restrictions since 2010.

Responsibility for setting MPs’ pay was handed to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) in an effort to defuse controversy. The watchdog recommended a significant increase despite the coalition government cutting spending and imposing austerity on the public sector.

Source: MPs expected to receive pay rise of more than £1,000 | Money | The Guardian

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