- Tory Sir Peter Bottomley says he is not sure how MPs ‘manage’ on current salaries
- He told the New Statesman that he would like to see the pay increase equal to that of the GP
- MPs are currently paid £82,000 a year and receive support for costs through expenses.
- Meanwhile the average UK earned £31,000 a year last year, figures show
A Conservative politician has claimed that new MPs are being left in an ‘extremely difficult’ situation because of their £82,000-a-year pay packet.
Tory veteran Sir Peter Bottomley says he is not sure how MPs ‘manage’ on the current salary – which is around £50,000 a year above the UK average.
The Worthing West representative, whose wife Virginia is a Tory colleague and former minister, has called on lawmakers to pay more than £100,000 a year.
The 77-year-old, who currently holds the title of ‘father of the House of Commons’ as the longest-serving MP, says such a salary would bring politicians in line with GPs.
talking to new politicianHe said: ‘I believe that being an MP may be the greatest honor you can have, but in politics a general practitioner should be paid the same amount as a general practitioner in medicine.
Tory veteran Sir Peter Bottomley (pictured) says he is not sure how MPs ‘manage’ on current salaries – which are around £50,000 a year higher than the UK average.
‘Doctors are paid very little nowadays. But if they get around £100,000 a year, the equivalent of achieving the same standard of living for an MP would be £110 – £115,000 a year.
What are the rights of MPs?
– Basic salary of £81,932 per year (as of April 2021)
– Increased pay for appointments like ministerial roles
– Expenses to cover the cost of work-related expenses
– MPs are entitled to a claim of £9,000 per year for postage and stationery
They also get allowances for living in London and somewhere to live in their constituency.
– MPs can also claim travel expenses between Parliament and their constituency
– They also get a pension which is 1/40th or 1/50th of their final pensionable pay for each year
‘It is never the right time, but if your MP is not worth the money, it is better to change the MP than to change the money.’
Although he said he is not currently struggling financially, he believes the situation is ‘extremely difficult’ for his new colleagues.
He added: ‘I don’t know how they manage. It’s really serious.’
Each of the UK’s 650 MPs is paid a standard salary of £81,932 per year. Those who hold roles in cabinet are paid higher salaries, including the prime minister, who earns £157,372.
Apart from this, expenditure is given to the MPs to meet the expenses related to the work. These include the cost of running the office, staffing costs and reimbursement of employees for travel expenses.
MPs are entitled to a claim of £9,000 per year for postage and stationery and allowances for living in London and their constituency and for traveling between Parliament and their constituency.
They also get a pension which is 1/40th or 1/50th of their final pensionable pay for each year depending on their preference.
Meanwhile, the average Briton earned £31,461 for the tax year ending 5 April 2020 – 3.6 per cent more than the previous year.
Meanwhile the average GP salary is around £98,000 a year. GPs require a 5-year degree in medicine recognized by the General Medical Council, as well as a 2-year foundation course of general training and a 3-year specialist training course in general practice.
Each of the UK’s 650 MPs is paid a standard salary of £81,932 per year. Higher salaries are paid to those in cabinet roles, including the prime minister, who earn £157,372
MPs do not require any qualifications, although many MPs have university degrees and other career qualifications acquired before entering politics.
For example, Sir Peter studied economics at the University of Cambridge before being elected as the Conservative MP for Woolwich West in 1975.
He held the seat until 1997, before being elected to the West Worthing seat, later changing to Eltham – which he still holds today.
Sir Peter is married to Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Virginia Bottomley, who served as Secretary of State for National Heritage in the government of John Major.
His remarks came after Universal Credit’s regeneration ended yesterday, despite calls for its expansion.
The £20-a-week raise was raised to help families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
This means couples over the age of 25 who claim Universal Credit from this month will be paid £509.91-month – the equivalent of about £6,000-a-year. People under 25 and single still get less.
People can claim more money on top of the standard allowance if eligible.
Universal Credit’s £20-a-week raise to help families struggling in the COVID pandemic has been withdrawn
A £20 per week increase in Universal Credit launched to help people during the pandemic was rolled back yesterday.
The government says that despite widespread criticism of its decision not to continue after 6 October, the elevation was always done as a temporary measure.
Campaigners have hit out at the move, claiming that hundreds of thousands of people will fall into poverty once the uprising is withdrawn.
Save the Children, one of a long line of charities, think tanks and unions protesting the decision, said a child would be affected every second.
From October 6, any assessments will not include the raise, which means that from October 13 – a week later – no payments will be received that include additional funds.
This came to the fore when a report published earlier this year found Universal Credit could serve as a ‘disappointment’ to working as some are only better off £3.29 an hour if they lived on benefits. Choose.
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith reports that once childcare, transportation, work clothes and lunch expenses are taken into account, there will be little to show for it. Wire.
Save the Children said the benefit cut will be reduced in 31 days as families receive payments on different dates.
According to government figures, just over 3.5 million children in the UK are living in homes that receive UC payments.
Save the Children said this equates to an average of 1.3 children biting every second over the 31-day period from October 13.
Save the Children CEO Gwen Hines said the future of children depends on the government restoring the lifeline.
He said: ‘In the next month, every second that passes will see another child pushed to poverty.
‘The people we work with tell us they depend on this £20 lifeline to buy essentials like food and clothing for themselves and their children.
‘Without it, tens of thousands more children are facing cold and hungry winters.’
He said it was ‘astonishing’ that the cuts were going ahead, as households struggled with inflation, rising energy prices, fuel shortages and promises of tax hikes.
A government spokesman said: ‘We have always been clear that Universal Credit’s rise was temporary.
‘It was designed to help claimants through the economic shock and financial disruption of the hardest phases of the pandemic, and it has done so.
‘Universal Credit will continue to provide significant support both in and out of work and it is right that the government should focus on our jobs plan, to get people back to work and those already employed to progress and earn more. should be supported.