Chad readers will have seen the news that IPSA, the independent regulator responsible for setting MPs pay, has recommended that every MP in the country should get £8,000 pay rise.
That’s madness. It’s totally right that MPs no longer have any say over their own pay, BUT the Independent Authority have got this completely wrong.
Please respond to the consultation and tell them they’ve made a massive error of judgement. You can let them know by writing, by e-mail or by completing a survey on the IPSA website. I will commend their proposal to scrap perks like meals and taxis after late night votes - I’ve never claimed for either because I’ve always taken the view that if I worked in a pub or was a nurse on a late shift I would have to feed myself and get myself home and it should be no different for MPs. Last week I spoke out in Parliament about the fantastic work that the charity Mind has done and the fact that about 40 per cent of people applying for Employment Support Allowance are doing so because of a mental health problem.
Work capability assessments are just not working for those who suffer with mental illness and I have seen firsthand in Ashfield they need reforming. I’ll never forget the case of one lady with mental health problems who told me that when she was finally assessed it was by a physiotherapist. Next month I’m meeting with the boss from Sanctuary Housing and I’ll urge him once again to reconsider the decision to close the complex that lots of pensioners in Sutton call their home. The situation is so distressing and no one should have to go through what they are going through.
I’m determined to keep the pressure up and I’ve now started a petition calling on Sanctuary to let the pensioners stay.
If you feel as strongly as I do about this then you can sign the petition on my website or call in to my office. Log on at http://www.gloria-de-piero.co.uk/
Finally, UK Coal has gone into administration and I know that there are many former miners in Ashfield who are concerned about pension and concessionary fuel rights. Please do get in touch if you are affected so I can raise your case directly with Government ministers.