The Report commissioned by ministers recommended a 32 per cent salary pay rise
Would mean High Court judges’ earnings increase from £181,500 to £240,000.
Justifications for pay hike include judges feeling ‘overworked’ and ‘demoralised’
By SIMON WALTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 22:38, 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:22, 12 October 2018
Theresa May faces uproar over plans to give judges pay rises of nearly £60,000 a year – an increase of more than £1,100 a week.
A report commissioned by ministers has recommended a breathtaking 32 per cent pay rise for High Court judges. That would see their salaries go from £181,500 to £240,000.
The increases have been justified by claims of low morale within the judiciary because of long and stressful hours, and a need to compensate high earners for a series of tax changes to their pension schemes.
The combination has led to a recruitment crisis and a dramatic fall in the number of people applying to be High Court judges.
But a pay hike of nearly a third for judges who already earn £30,000 more than the Prime Minister would spark fury among millions of public sector workers – including nurses, soldiers, teachers, doctors and prison officers – who were all forced to make do with rises of about 3 per cent in recent months.
The recommendation from the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) comes at a critical time for Mrs May, just over two weeks ahead of a Budget that could raise taxes paid by millions of ordinary workers.
The review body’s conclusions were contained in a letter from the Ministry of Justice to Downing Street and members of the Cabinet earlier this week.
The letter, leaked to the Daily Mail, says the SSRB has ‘recommended the gross pay of a High Court judge should rise to £240,000, backdated to April 2018 – an increase of 32 per cent; that of a circuit judge to £165,000 – a 22 per cent increase; and that of a district judge to £117,000, an 8 per cent increase’.