Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Sunday, March 05, 2017

MPs Pay Rises To £76,000 After IPSA Approval

MPs have today been granted a pay increase to £76,000.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority - or Ipsa - approved the salary boost on Friday. It will take effect on 1 April.

MPs will see their pay rise by 1.4%, taking them from earning £74,962 to £76,011.

Ipsa said the move was “in line with our determination on MPs’ pay” and that the rise mirrored the same increase public sector workers earned.

The average public sector earnings figure is taken from an ONS index which calculates average take-home pay, including money earned through promotions and bonuses.

Public sector salaries, though, are capped at 1% until 2019 - a measure introduced by the former Chancellor George Osborne.

MPs received a substantial pay-rise back in May 2015, when they saw their pay rise by almost £7,000.

The move was condemned by many MPs, while 25 even donated the extra cash to charity.

Original Article
Author:  Aubrey Allegretti 

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