Guest Column: I’ll donate pay rise cash, by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero

MP Gloria De Piero
MP Gloria De Piero

The scandal of our age is in work poverty.

According to an independent report out last week almost two thirds of kids growing up in poverty have working parents.

Cuts to working tax credits will only make matters worse.  ‎That’s why Labour - who introduced tax credits - will vote to keep them at the current rate.

At the other end of the scale MPs’ pay has been making the headlines again after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) gave the go-ahead for a ten per cent raise. I’m incredibly disappointed with the decision and as I’ve made crystal clear on numerous occasions I will only take the one per cent rise that every other public sector worker will get. I spent most of my childhood on free school meals and I was the first in my family to go to university but there were too few from backgrounds like mine and there still are. So I’m planning to use the extra money to provide a little help to those students from low income families in the area who will be going to university after the Tories scrapped their student maintenance grants the other week. I’ll be talking to schools and college heads about how best to do this. After tax it will be just over £3,700 a year which won’t go very far but it will be a little help to a few people who are going to be struggling.

Two local gentleman Peter Haynes and Steve Chase are putting on what promises to be a fantastic charity night in aid of Cancer Research UK at the Triple ‘S’ Club in Skegby on Tuesday July 28. Five popular music acts have been kind enough to give up their time for free and I’ve donated a signed bottle of House of Commons wine to go towards the raffle or auction. It all kicks off at 8pm and is a bargain at just £5 on the door. Best of all, everything raised goes to a brilliant cause. For more information or if you’d like to help out or donate then contact Peter on phaynes35@hotmail.co.uk or call 07981759732.