Norfolk charities are celebrating since Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis began donating his recent MPs pay rise to local organisations.
Age UK Norwich, the St Edmunds Society, Equal Lives, New Routes, and the Greenhouse Trust now all receive a share of the Norwich MP’s salary each month in the form of a donation, which they will continue to receive until the next General Election in 2020.
Mr Lewis said: “For me this is a no-brainer. How can it be fair for nurses, teachers, police officers and other workers to continue to face a pay freeze, whilst MPs are given a 10% pay rise?”
Clive Lewis is one of only a handful of MPs that have rejected the controversial pay rise since it was announced by IPSA, Parliament’s independent body set up to decide MP’s pay, last year.
“I stand with the ordinary people of Norwich,” said Clive. “Which is why I can’t justify taking this increase for myself while so many of my fellow citizens are finding it harder and harder just to get by. I hope all my fellow Norfolk MPs do the same and recognise the important work these organisations do in our community.”
Dee Robinson, Projects Co-ordinator for New Routes said “New Routes is so grateful to Clive for recognising the value of the work that we do. With the daily horror stories of war, persecution, danger and death, we all need to share our good fortune with those who seek protection. Thank you, Clive, for leading the way in Norwich.”
St-Eds CEO, Lorraine Bliss, said “St-Eds is delighted to receive these donations from Clive Lewis MP. This money will go towards our ongoing vocational training courses for young people from Norfolk, many of whom have complex needs, who struggle to learn in mainstream education or college.”
Jonathan Moore, Chair, Equal Lives said “We hope that this money will help us further our mission to create a world, free from disabling barriers.”
The Greenhouse Trust said “"We are delighted and grateful that our MP Clive Lewis has donated his increased share of public money in order to demonstrate his personal commitment to fair pay. His donation to the Greenhouse will help fund the Trust's 'Climate Change Challenge', an ongoing series of arts events staged in the Gallery at the Greenhouse during the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and highlight the issues that climate change is bringing world wide."
The controversial £7,000 pay rise was awarded in Summer last year. Mr Lewis will donate more than £20,000 to good causes over the course of this Parliament, taking just a 1% rise in line with public sector workers.