The SNP has hit out at the Westminster system’s ‘crassly insensitive’
mind-set following a revelation showing anti-independence MPs believe
they deserve a salary hike to £86,250.
In the same week where MPs voted through welfare cuts which will have
an adverse impact on hundreds of thousands of working families the
anti-independence parties MPs have declared that they want more money
from the public purse.
The survey conducted by the Independent Parliamentary Standards
Authority (Ipsa) showed the Tories want a whopping £96,740, the Lib
Dems said they should get £78,361 and Labour MPs want to increase
their pay £77,322.
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, the SNP’s spokeswoman on Welfare, said:
“The Ipsa survey reveals a crassly insensitive show of greed which is
an embarrassment for the Westminster system and highlights the need
for Scotland to have full responsibility for its own affairs.
“In a week where the UK government has imposed cuts to welfare
benefits on the most vulnerable members in our communities – and a
further £210 million set to be taken from the pockets of individuals,
families and communities – this just highlights how archaic the
Westminster system is.
“Whilst politicians are expecting the public sector to cope with
restricted pay rises and in some cases pay freezes, and hard pressed
families are being hit with benefit cuts politicians should be
expected to follow the same approach
“The self-serving nature of anti-independence MPs combined with
Alistair Darling’s absence from the vote against Tory cuts to Welfare
this has been a dreadful week for the anti-independence campaign.
“It could scarcely be clearer that the Westminster system has its
priorities all wrong and is failing to act in the interests of people
“Decisions over taxes and welfare in Scotland should be made by people
in Scotland so that we can build the kind of country that Westminster
has consistently failed to deliver. Only a Yes vote for an independent
Scotland in next year’s referendum will give us that opportunity.”
Notes: MPs call for ‘32% salary increase’
SNP MPs do not vote on issues relating to their remuneration as we
don’t believe MP’s should be in the position of voting on their own
pay and conditions