News that MPs at Westminster are expected to receive a bumper pay day have been criticised by Paisley’s MSP. It is expected that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will announce that MPs’ pay should be increases from £66,000 to £76,000 an increase of 15%. The IPSA was established to prevent MPs deciding their own salaries.
Speaking on the news George Adam said;
‘What planet are these people on? This body was meant to take the decision on pay away from MPs but when everyone else in the public sector has had to deal with pay freezes and recently small 1% increases, this is a slap in the face to every single one of them.
‘This represents an increase of 15% in just one year.
‘Westminster is out of touch. This is not just unacceptable, it is an act of incitement towards the public sector.
‘One of the major causes of the situation that we find ourselves in regarding the current financial position is the action of MPs. Who remembers the complacent boast by Gordon Brown that there would be ‘no return to boom and bust’?
‘These MPs are partly responsible, they must play their part and be an example to others. That is the way to lead.
‘The Westminster ‘bubble’ has no relation to the everyday lives of people. It is time to give them a bit of a reality check and for all of us to save a fortune by making them redundant by voting for Scotland to be independent next year’.