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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 03:00 pm
The MP's pay body has recommended a pay increase of 9% for those poor downtrodden MPs of ours.

I haven't had a pay increase above 1% for any of the last seven years. As far the buying power of my pay is concerned, I'm currently around 16% worse off than I was in 2005.

MPs pay increase should be linked to that of civil servants, IMO.
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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
I thought it was actually, I'm sure that came in under Major. MPs were grade 6 I think. Ministers had already been on (various higher) civil service grades. (Prior to that I am pretty sure Sir Humphrey gets it in somewhere in YPM). Did the link get abolished?
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
So would I be. From the legal profession the observation has been made that the total bill for the increase is a noticeable chunk of the claimed savings for Grayling's next round of legal aid cuts, and that MPs are paid a great deal more than the vast majority of barristers with a criminal defence practice - despite the figures of a very few high profile people.
Friday, July 12th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
The vast majority of those who do criminal defence work and are thus concerned with the biggest single element of the proposed round of cuts* certainly do**. The figures that get trotted out by the government and their preferred media outlets tend to concern a few exceptional people, and/or people who have nothing to do with criminal legally-aided work at all. (They also tend to be gross turnover on the basis of work done, rather than either net receipts less expenses or net income on a work done basis before tax)

*criminal defence work. Also judicial review, but legally aided judicial review is very likely to be much the same people - cases relating to prisons, immigration, etc etc, rather than eg planning jrs. Civil legal aid has been dying for the last ten years - I have had little to none in the last several years - and finally hit the end of the road in the previous round, LASPO, which came into force 1st April this year - from the ambit of which criminal work was expressly excluded, but which put an end to legal aid for almost anything related to my practice and also vast swathes of family law work.

** times are tight for many of the rest of us as well, but it's of a different order of magnitude.
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
As far as I can see, it's not that they don't see that it's a giant "Fuck you" to the public sector employees they've said this month should have flat pay scales/cuts/be sold off. It's that they know very well and don't care.

Ed. And I agree entirely that MP's pay should be linked to civil servants. Also any other benefits.
Edited 2013-07-11 08:31 pm (UTC)