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December 21, 2007

Here is a post I have just submitted to the Police Oracle forum.

 OK – try this for size. I’ve found this on a government web site. so it must be true!

In May 1997, the basic salary for a commons minister was £43,860 – considerably more than a PC was getting in those days – and I should know!

In April 2007, the basic salary for a commons minister was £60,675.

This means that their salary has increased by £16,815 in that ten year period.

Now bear in mind that the government tell us that our pay has increased by 39% in this period.

Funnily enough, £16,815 is 38.3% of £43,860, so the BASIC salary of an MP has increased by about the same rate as our pay!!

How do they justify this then?

What these figures DON’T include are the expenses that MPs can claim.

This is when it starts to get interesting!

Read this document if there is nothing on telly!

To cut to the chase, read Table 9, which gives a summary of MP’s expenses and allowances over the last ten years.

To simplify matters – In 1997, MPs received an office allowance, additional cost allowance and London weighting allowance totalling £61,213.

Now, they are allowed Staffing Allowance, Additional Costs, Incidental Expenses and London Weighting Allowance, totalling £132,538.

This is an increase in allowances of £71,325 or 116%

In 1994, police recruits lost Housing Allowance. We have since lost plain clothes allowance, refreshment and subsistence allowance and numerous other little bits, as well as giving up the first half hour of unplanned overtime.

Check my figures and tell me if I’m wrong, then read about some of the other allowances I haven’t included, like 20 odd pence a mile for riding a bike!! These are the BASIC salaries of bog standard MPs – there are little extras for more “senior” figures.

What really gets my goat is the severance allowance. If their constituents vote them out, they get three months salary as a little handshake!

I would suggest you include these little gems in any correspondence with your MP!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. annette permalink
    December 21, 2007 22:41

    I understand what your saying about their pay but lets face it. Their job is 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week 52 weeks in a year.

    With respect, we don’t earn that either and never will.

  2. December 22, 2007 09:28

    Annette

    I assume you were typing that with your tongue in your cheek? I’ve just sent my MP another e-mail and find that he is off on a Christmas and New Year break. I assume they won’t be back to “work” until way after the decorations have come down. I on the other hand will be working all next week.

    It’s not about how much police officers and politicians earn – it’s the fact that a 39% pay rise is deemed more than generous for us, but no politician has complained about their own rise.

    The sheer hypocrisy and underhanded behaviour of our so called representatives is mind-boggling!

  3. dickiebo permalink
    December 22, 2007 13:49

    Ah! Yes, but……….surely the utter gratitude of the British Public for the good that our politicians have bestowed upon our country since this government came to power, means that they are worth every penny! Ha bloody ha!

  4. Twining permalink
    December 22, 2007 16:24

    I see, it’s like that is it, it’s because we’re Black, that’s why we’re not getting our pay back dated. Can’t you see? The second view There is that it’s one rule for them and loads of damn rules for us. Jacqui should be sacked, not promoted, but hey, we promote in house through blunders too. Was that too tongue in cheek?

  5. Twining permalink
    December 22, 2007 16:25

    What I meant to say was, “I see, it’s like that is it, it’s because we’re Black, that’s why we’re not getting our pay back dated. Can’t you see? The second view I have is there appears to be one rule for them, MP’s, and loads of damn rules for us. Jacqui should be sacked, not promoted, but hey, we promote in house through blunders too. Was that too tongue in cheek?”

  6. annette permalink
    December 23, 2007 13:26

    Stan Still:
    No, I wasn’t typing that with my tongue in my cheek!! I meant it.
    You say you sent your MP an email and he’s on holiday, so is a lot of other people, all those that work in offices, teachers, etc. they usually get a couple of weeks hols at xmas don’t they?
    I also will only have two days off this year. Xmas day and boxing day.
    That’s because I work in the retail business. we know it work out like that.

    And no, I will never earn the same as them!!!

  7. 200weeks permalink
    December 24, 2007 12:20

    It’s good to see the politicians haven’t jumped in to feast on a bigger share of the pie this year, they’re only asking for a 10% pay rise now. Thank goodness for that, there was me thinking they were going to be sticking their snouts in the trough again.

  8. John from Spain permalink
    January 9, 2008 16:23

    When it comes to negotiating for the 3 year period for pay reviews the Federation should state that the 2007 agreement should be honoured in full, and then they will go into negotiation, and not before.
    As a retired PC from Sunny (but cold) Spain I wish you all the best of luck.

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