Lawmakers in Britain get a pay increase

AP News
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 10:44 AM

LONDON (AP) — An independent body has given British lawmakers a 10 percent pay increase — a headache for a prime minister who has pledged that public sector workers should only get a 1 percent raise.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on Thursday confirmed that pay will rise from 67,060 pounds ($73,689) to 74,000 pounds as part of a package.

Prime Minister David Cameron had opposed the increase. But blocking an increase set out by the authority would require a change in law, and it was not clear Cameron could win such a vote in the House of Commons given his slim majority.

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Some lawmakers have pledged to give their pay increases to charity in light of public anger.

The authority was established to regulate pay following a scandal involving lawmaker expenses.