If you wish to save money in vital area's, how about scrapping all of the expenses that MPs
can claim, with the exception of travel expenses which they use to get to Westminster ONLY. That way you would save around £30'000 per MP (averaged as i know some claim less, and some claim more, but overall all figures added up and divided by amount of MPs
) which over 625 MPs
works out to be £18.75 million alone. If MP's claim that this would put them on the bread line, how about they sell their 2nd and 3rd houses to recoup the losses?
Also if you look at local governments, in my area particularly, the people at the top are consultants on £500'000 PLUS bonuses of circa £20'000, in situations we do like this, trim the fat, as in get people who would be there on a more permanent basis, for less pay (which I know for a fact that MANY people have the skills for, and the willingness to work for!). If you advertised positions for £500'000, how about reducing it to maybe £100'000 which is in line with other civil servant and military top jobs (EG Chief of Police, Chief of Fire departments for counties, General Grade officers in the military). Then you would have a much better scheme of pay unilaterally.