While cuts are being made to vulnerable families, salaries being frozen for nurses and the police sacked, MPs could be getting an 11% pay rise.
Tanya Byk, who launched a petition calling on the suggested pay rise to be halted, has spoken out about the idea. Her petition has 153,000 signatures already.
She said: “Enough is enough, it’s time to speak up and fight back. I knew that if I was this outraged, other people might be too.
“I am overwhelmed with the amount of support people are giving this petition, it clearly shows that we’re all fed up with bonuses and pay rises going to those who not only don’t need them, but don’t deserve them.
“We can’t stop now, if we got 150,000 signatures in just a few days, imagine how much bigger this petition could get if we all spread the word.
“Let’s not be complacent and believe this will all go away, or that it’s too late; it’s never too late to use your voice.”
Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “Everyone has had to tighten their belt in recent years and it doesn’t seem right that MPs should now be rewarding themselves with a big pay rise.”
Mum Imogen Potter, from Edinburgh, told MPs as she signed the petition: “Given many good hardworking people in this country are impoverished and struggling, given your decimation of the benefits system and the NHS, given your failure to control fuel profiteering, given your blatent criminal behaviour re expenses and your attempts to control a free press for your own benefits – my polite response to your plan to give 11% pay rises to yourselves is: it is immoral and disgusting.”
You can sign the petition here (link opens in new window).