MPs: We didn’t ask for 11% rise...but we won’t reject it

Southend Standard: MPs: We didn’t ask for 11% rise...but we won’t reject it MPs: We didn’t ask for 11% rise...but we won’t reject it

SOUTH Essex MPs have not said whether they will accept a controversial 11 per cent pay rise.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is set to recommend the pay rise of £7,600, bringing MPs’ total income to £74,000.

The proposals will be officially announced on Thursday and will come into force after the 2015 general election.

The rise is part of a package of reforms that could see some allowances scrapped.

Critics claim any rise is out of touch with the reality facing other workers, but Ipsa says that MPs pay has fallen behind and a one-off rise is justified.

The move is expected to cost taxpayers about £4.6million.

John Baron, Tory MP for Basildon and Billericay, said he had “reservations” with such an increase, but argued IPSA is just doing its job.

He said: “I never voted on my own remuneration when Parliament was able to do so, believing that this should be decided on by an independent third party.

“We now have such a body in the form of Ipsa.

“Whilst I have reservations about 11 per cent, there is no point to Ipsa if its independence to cut, maintain or increase MPs’ salaries is not respected.”

Mr Baron did not answer whether he would accept the rise or not.

James Duddridge, ToryMP for Rochford and Southend East, said: “All parties agreed in 2009 to set up Ipsa so that MPs would no longer have a say in setting their pay and pensions. So this is not a decision for the Government or for MPs, it is solely for Ipsa.

“Ipsa should take into account overall public sector pay and pensions restraint, and that the cost of politics should go down and not up.”

Senior Tory politicians have come out and said that they will not accept the rise, including defence secretary Philip Hammond.

But the package of changes could also see dinner allowances and claims for tea and biscuits scrapped, while MPs salary schemes are to be downgraded to be more in line with the rest of the public sector.

Mark Francois, who represents Rayleigh and Wickford for the Tories, said: “I am conscious that what we are talking about here is taxpayers’ money and Ipsa needs to take that into account, before deciding whether or not to press ahead with this.”

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: “The Government made it clear in the consultation that Ipsa should take into account overall public service pay and pensions restraint when addressing the issue of MPs’ pay.

“I am disappointed that Ipsa has not done so and has raised this issue again now.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said that Westminister pay should not increase in times of austerity.

Southend West Tory MP David Amess sent the Echo over a brief line to say he agrees with Mr Cameron’s stance.

The Echo also contacted Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, but she did not respond to the paper’s requests for a comment.

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10:02am Wed 11 Dec 13

Rochford Richard says...

The MP's need to be careful here. This could well cause another outburst like the Poll Tax did.
The MP's need to be careful here. This could well cause another outburst like the Poll Tax did. Rochford Richard

10:06am Wed 11 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Two faced criminals, shame on them.
Two faced criminals, shame on them. Nowthatsworthknowing

10:13am Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Disgraceful bunch that will accept it gladly....and i reckon those that will take it will also stock up with piles of Biscuits before the deadline.
Disgraceful bunch that will accept it gladly....and i reckon those that will take it will also stock up with piles of Biscuits before the deadline. DogsMessInLeigh

11:08am Wed 11 Dec 13

Discouraged says...

The Echo reported that John Baron got £87,000 he should not have, and then he gave £60,000 to armed force charities after the sale of his house. Does this mean if I claim money I should not have, that I can give three quarters of it back to a charity of my choice and forget about the rest???
The Echo reported that John Baron got £87,000 he should not have, and then he gave £60,000 to armed force charities after the sale of his house. Does this mean if I claim money I should not have, that I can give three quarters of it back to a charity of my choice and forget about the rest??? Discouraged

11:41am Wed 11 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

That won't cover lumpy Pickles' s biscuit tab......
That won't cover lumpy Pickles' s biscuit tab...... Howard Cháse

12:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

ravnos says...

nice.... low level civil servants get 0.7% rise if they're lucky, and the dig wigs who claim for houses when they could commute get 11%. Most of the country either got no pay rise, or a pay cut. Abolish government, sack the lot of em, ban them from politics and start again.

Now break down Politics - Poly-ticks = many blood suckers
nice.... low level civil servants get 0.7% rise if they're lucky, and the dig wigs who claim for houses when they could commute get 11%. Most of the country either got no pay rise, or a pay cut. Abolish government, sack the lot of em, ban them from politics and start again. Now break down Politics - Poly-ticks = many blood suckers ravnos

12:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Test Tickle says...

We're all in it together....Yea right!
We're all in it together....Yea right! Test Tickle

12:49pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Test Tickle wrote:
We're all in it together....Yea right!
We're all in it together but some of us a more in it than others...



Tea break's over. Back on your heads.....
[quote][p][bold]Test Tickle[/bold] wrote: We're all in it together....Yea right![/p][/quote]We're all in it together but some of us a more in it than others... Tea break's over. Back on your heads..... Howard Cháse

4:53pm Wed 11 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

David Amess should get a rise he works very hard on his expenses forms.
David Amess should get a rise he works very hard on his expenses forms. John Bull 40

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