Hyland slams MLA pay increase as ‘an absolute disgrace’
Newry Independent Councillor Davy Hyland has described the prospect of an 11% increase to the annual wage of local MLAs as ‘an absolute disgrace’. Hyland was speaking after an independent panel decided last week that assembly members pay should rise by almost £5,000 from April 2013. The 11% increase to £48,000 will be financed by a cut in office costs.
Speaking to Newry Times, Hyland said, “I think it’s an absolute disgrace that they should be given an 11% pay rise. Many people are struggling on low pay and insufficient social security payments, yet the politicians in the ivory tower of Stormont are getting a £5,000 pay rise or over £400 per month.”
He added, “Given the inability of Stormont politicians to deal with rising unemployment and fuel poverty, there is absolutely so support for this latest initiative.”
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