While many people struggle financially at Christmas,
politicians will be enjoying early holiday cheer with a pay
The independent Remuneration Authority has again made an end
of year recommendation for a pay increase for the MPs.
Prime Minister John Key said said today he was comfortable
with politicians getting more in their pay packets this year.
Since 2005, backbencher salaries have risen by $24,000 to
Over the same period the Prime Minister's rose by $64,510 to
Mr Key said the Remuneration Authority had recommended a
"It seems to be in line with the national average, maybe
slightly lower, so I've written back saying in principle
we're comfortable with that," he told 3 News.
The pay rise, to be confirmed on Thursday, would be back-paid
- giving politicians a Christmas lump sum.