Guernsey States reject proposal to freeze their own pay

Guernsey deputies have rejected a proposal to freeze their own pay for the rest of their current States term.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher's requete called for the rates introduced on 1 May to be held until 2016, rather than increased in line with median earnings.

He argued this would set a good example in austere times but his proposal was thrown out by 32 votes to 15.

Ordinary deputies receive a salary of £32,155, with the 10 ministers getting £44,350 and the Chief Minister £58,520.

These rates were voted upon by the previous States in January and represented an increase in basic pay of £5,000.

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