It’s a quiet Friday in Westminster – the perfect time to announce a Crossrail bailout, “feet-dragging” on straight civil partnerships, and a 32% judges’ pay rise.

It’s a quiet Friday in Westminster. Brexit’s practically silent and most MPs are away in their constituencies.

The perfect time, you might think, to slip out some bad news.

The perfect time, you might think, to slip out some bad news.

From a £350million Crossrail bailout to plans for a 32% judges’ pay rise, ministers have been pumping out more than the usual quantity of ‘written statements’.

High Court judges could get a 32% pay rise.Tory ministers are formally considering a £1,100-a-week pay rise for High Court judges – a move which would spark fury among other public sector workers.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said there was “evidence of a recruitment problem” among judges and “we are now carefully considering what changes might be made”.

It’s also a blow to the hundreds of lower-level judges, who it emerged today are only getting a pay rise of 2% in 2018/19 – less than the 2.5% experts asked for.

Kick-out-the-Tories

 

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