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MPs shouldn't be getting pay increase at this time

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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RE: a potential pay rise for MPs

My view, as I made clear last July, is unchanged. At a time when everyone is being asked by the Government to tighten their belts, anyone who suggests Members of Parliament should receive a pay rise is completely out of touch with reality.

MPs debated freezing their own salaries in the House of Commons on March 21, 2011. If I had the chance to vote against this, I would, but the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) makes the rules on pay, not MPs. I'm pretty sure that under the current system, I can't even reject a pay rise, in much the same way as I can't demand one.

IPSA was set up as a response to the MPs' expenses scandal and controls MPs' pay and the costs of running their offices. IPSA hasn't published its report yet, but the media suggests a recommendation of an 11 per cent pay rise for those MPs elected in 2015 is likely.

It's the Government's job to get the economy back on track. Maybe when we're in a position to ensure all public sector workers have a decent pay increase, we could reasonably expect IPSA to look at MPs' pay packets.

Until then – no thank you.

Tessa Munt MP

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