MLAs should take pay-cut - McCartney

The Stormont Executive failed to get money from Westminster to fund 'welfare top-ups
The Stormont Executive failed to get money from Westminster to fund 'welfare top-ups

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney, has said public representatives should not be exempt from Assembly efficiency savings.

Mr. McCartney went on to explain why Sinn Fein believe elected representatives should see their salaries reduced by 15 per cent.

“It is clear that savings have to be made as a result of the Tories’ repeated assault on the Assembly’s block grant.

“Public representatives must be prepared to shoulder some of the responsibilities of these reductions.

“That is why Sinn Féin proposed that MLAs’ wages should be cut by 15 per cent.”

Mr. McCartney went on to say that Sinn Fein believe the proposal should also be extended to special advisors.

“We have also put forward a proposal for a 15 per cent reduction in the salaries of special advisors.

“On top of that Sinn Féin is advocating a similar cut in the wages of Executive ministers.

“We are also proposing an end to the practice of additional remuneration for chairs of Assembly committees.

“Sinn Féin believes that public representatives must be prepared to take these reductions in order to continue to protect the most vulnerable.”