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MPs slammed for taking another pay rise as workers hit with soaring bills

MPs have been slammed for taking another bumper pay rise as workers across Britain are hit with soaring bills, spiralling energy prices and higher National Insurance costs.

The role’s salary has risen £19,000 since 2010 and is scheduled to reach £82,000 from April, as proposed changes to National Insurance, council tax and energy prices come into force. 

National Education Union president Daniel Kebede said: “Wow. I hope doctors, nurses, school staff, bus drivers, supermarket staff and every other key worker who have gone above and beyond during this pandemic are in for the same.”

MPs are now under increasing pressure from the public to scrap their annual pay rise.

Last year their pay claim was stalled due to the pandemic, and Britain’s expenses regulator, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, has the power to do the same again. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced pressure from his own Cabinet and party last week regarding the impending rise in National Insurance and energy bills. 

Trade unions said they have no problem with MPs being paid properly but that it is a disgrace civil servants have been subject to pay freezes and real-terms cuts in their standard of living for over a decade.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said a consultative ballot of members was under way over pay, pensions and living standards. 

He said: “Depending on the result and the strength of feeling amongst members, we could then move to a statutory ballot for strike action.

“After over a decade of pay restraint, ruthless attacks on pensions and delivering key services throughout the pandemic, PCS members will fight every step of the way for a change in approach from the government.”

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned that households face a cost of living squeeze that will cost every household an extra £1,400 this year.

Mr McDonnell called for winter fuel payments to be increased and the £20 cut to universal credit reversed. 

Campaigners have said older people are particularly at risk of the cost-of-living increase. 

In a statement, Age UK said: “Soaring energy bills are impacting many older people, leaving them struggling to heat their homes this winter. This is forcing some to make the impossible choice between turning on their heating or eating.

“We can’t let this happen. The government must take urgent action.”

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