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Do Scotland’s politicians deserve their bumper pay rise?

17 January 2024

1:57 AM

17 January 2024

1:57 AM

Bumping up politicians’ pay seldom goes down well, especially in times of economic hardship. But the news that members of the Scottish parliament are to receive a 6.7 per cent salary hike will not be greeted with much enthusiasm among taxpayers north of the border.

The rise takes the annual pay of all 129 MSPs to £72,195 and comes after the method for calculating Holyrood salary increases was switched from the ONS annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) to the more generous average weekly earnings (AWE).

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