MPs oppose pay increase

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I am obliged by Mr Campbell’s response (News Post Leader, April 17) to my letter and appreciate him taking time out from his busy schedule.

However, I do not understand his comment that I need to get my facts straight.

My letter pointed out that: Public sector workers would receive a one (or zero) percent increase - fact.

MPs will receive an 11 per cent increase - fact

Finally, I asked how Mr Campbell and his colleagues will survive on such an increase.

Mr Campbell states that if I were a “good trade unionist” I should not argue that someone is getting more but should always argue that I want the same.

So here goes.

Can we have pay increases of 11 per cent and can we claim for things (like food and drink, taxis, rail fares, parking, stationery, postage etc. etc.) that we have hitherto paid for out of our wages?

Opposition to this increase is so widespread that even MPs themselves have spoken against it.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said: “The idea of an 11 per cent pay rise in one year is simply unacceptable.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, stated: “I think it would be wholly inappropriate for MPs to get such a large pay rise at a time when every other public sector worker see their pay rises capped at one per cent.”

Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls described the rise as “out of touch”, “ridiculous” and “preposterous”.

Why Mr Campbell feels the need to point out how badly done by MPs have been since 2008 I am not sure.

Clearly some of them felt so impoverished that they needed to feather their second nests from the public purse.

This, of course, led to the MPs’ expenses scandal in 2009.

As long as those at Westminster rub their hands together in anticipation of double-figure pay rises and claim for things that we, the public, have to pay for ourselves, they will never have the public trust, irrespective of which party they represent.

Trevor Maughan

Blyth