‘Nurses save lives, MPs tell lies’: Backlash as UK MPs get a raise in wages to an eye-watering £82,000
The automatic pay rise that was announced by The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) on Thursday, means UK MPs’ basic salary – currently £79,468 (nearly $103,000) – will increase by 3.1 percent to £81,932 (nearly $106,000) for 2020-21.Also on rt.com England has WORST regional inequality in developed world, new report says
The wage boost to UK lawmakers' wallets comes on the day new figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics showing median income for the poorest fifth dropping by 4.3 percent over the last two years.
The seemingly sharp contrast between the fortunes of MPs and low-income workers has infuriated many people on social media, who ostensibly see the disparity in pay as unfair. Some used the health profession to highlight drastic contrast in fortunes with Westminster politicians.
The cheek ... pic.twitter.com/1Hz327YfKt— Tyrone field/ commoner & proud of it. (@Tyronefield2) March 5, 2020
While others claimed“low paid workers” are having to go on strike “to demand a pay rise.” There were even suggestions that MPs should only receive the average salary of the constituency they represent in parliament.
The announcement marks the first time MPs’ salaries have surpassed £80,000. Lawmakers who perform other parliamentary duties receive an additional salary such as chairs of select committees and ministers.
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