Sunday, 16 December 2018

Henley MP backs own pay rise

JOHN HOWELL has backed a 10 per cent pay rise for MPs.

JOHN HOWELL has backed a 10 per cent pay rise for MPs.

The Henley MP says the increase is fair due to cuts in allowances and pensions meaning no more taxpayer money will go towards it.

The increase, which will see pay go up from £67,060 to £74,000, was announced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority last Thursday (16).

Mr Howell said: “This has quite rightly been taken out of the hands of MPs and decided by an independent group. We’ve got to look at the increase against deductions which have been put forward for some time including allowances and pension arrangements.”

Mr Howell also rejected criticisms of the increase in light of pay caps for public sector workers. He said: “I’ve yet to see a public sector worker accept the sort of cuts we have had to accept in order to justify this pay increase.”





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