Welsh Assembly Members to boycott £10,000 Pay rise


Senior Lib Dem Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood among assembly members criticising the raise as wrong in the face of public-sector cuts. The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Kirsty Williams, said: “At a time when public sector workers have seen their pay packets either frozen or rise only slightly, it is wrong to hand out such a huge hike in assembly members’ pay.”

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the Guardian Newspaper Friday 22nd May 2015 - 

Senior Lib Dem Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood among assembly members criticising the raise as wrong in the face of public-sector cuts

Senior Welsh politicians who are to receive a £10,000 pay rise after next year’s assembly election have said they will not accept the increase.

The annual salary of backbenchers will jump by 17% to £64,000, it was confirmed on Friday by the independent body that sets the pay and allowances of assembly members (AMs).

Members voiced their unease at next year’s planned salary increase – which comes during a time of continued cuts to public spending and the on-going squeeze on taxpayers’ budgets.

The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Kirsty Williams, said: “At a time when public sector workers have seen their pay packets either frozen or rise only slightly, it is wrong to hand out such a huge hike in assembly members’ pay.”

She added she would scrap the proposed increase if re-elected. Leanne Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader, echoed these sentiments and said: “When many in the public sector and private sector are getting a 1% pay rise, a pay freeze or even a proposed real-terms cut, I cannot support such a large salary increase for assembly members.

“I have said before that I would accept the proposed increase when there is a living wage for all of the quarter of a million Welsh workers who are currently earning less than is needed to live on.”

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Notes: The full article - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/22/welsh-assembly-members-pay-rise-boycott 


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