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IPSA launches consultation on MPs’ pay and pensions

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) today published for consultation its recommendations to overhaul MPs’ pay and pensions.

Launching the public consultation, IPSA’s chairman, Sir Ian Kennedy, said the new package represented a fresh start:
 
“The history of MPs’ pay and pensions is a catalogue of fixes, fudges and failures to act. The package we put forward today represents the end of the era of MPs’ remuneration being settled by MPs themselves.
 

 

“For the first time, an independent body will decide what MPs should receive. We will do so in full view, and after consultation with the public.
 
The recommended package released for consultation today contains the following elements:
  • a salary of £74,000 in 2015, indexed to average earnings in the whole economy thereafter;
  • a new pension on a par with those in other parts of the public service, saving the taxpayer millions;
  • scrapping out-of-touch “resettlement payments” worth tens of thousands of pound per MP and introducing more modest, modern redundancy packages, available only to those who contest their seat and lose; and
  • a tighter regime of business costs and expenses – ending the provision for things such as evening meals.
 
Additionally, IPSA proposes that MPs produce an annual report on their activities and achievements
 
Sir Ian said the package was fair to taxpayers and fair to MPs:
 
“This package ends the historic peculiarities that have grown up around MPs’ pay, and sets MPs’ pensions on a sustainable footing for the future.
 
“The current pension scheme is unaffordable over the long term; the resettlement grants – which, until IPSA came in, were worth up to £65,000 and available for all - have had their day. We are recommending a modern, professional approach which also means refining the rules on expenses and business costs to rule out MPs claiming for an evening meal.
 
”It is clear from our work talking to the public over the last 18 months that people do not know what their MPs do. Clearly, that is damaging for our Parliament and has to be addressed. And so we are proposing the introduction of an annual report by MPs.
 
“The aim is to have as transparent a system as possible. The public will know what MPs get for their costs and expenses, their salaries and pensions, and what they have done.
 
 “I recognise some will just concentrate on the salary, rather than the package as a whole, and say it’s too high; others that it’s too low. There is no easy way forward on this. We have put together a package of reform which we think is fair and which ends the anomalies of the past.
 
“The recommendations IPSA is proposing have a net cost of £500,000 a year. The changes we have introduced to expenses have already saved the taxpayer £35 million, and will be saving £7.5 million in 2015.
 
“This means that our solution to the problem of MPs pay and expenses – the problem we were created to fix – is £7 million a year cheaper than the regime we inherited.
 

 

The consultation runs until 20 October 2013. The full  consultation document is available on IPSA’s website. People can share their views through IPSA’s website (www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk), Twitter (www.twitter.com/mppayandpension), by email (mppayandpension@parliamentarystandards.org.uk) or by post.

 

 

 

IPSA will publish a final determination in the autumn of 2013, to be implemented following the General Election due in May 2015.

 

 
Ends
For more information, please contact Mark Anderson or Tony Hodges on 020 7811 6462
 
Notes to the editor:
 
If public sector pay policy limiting increases to 1% a year were followed, MPs’ pay would be £67,731 in 2015-16. A salary of £74,000 would be an increase of £6,296, or 9.26%.
 
 

 

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on 11/02/2014 22:50:00

Fat cats


Fat cats getting pay increase to pay for rising energy costs while the rest of us freeze.


on 08/12/2013 14:46:00

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM.


NO MORE MONEY FOR ALIEN MPs.UNLESS ITS TO SEND THEM HOME, BACK UP TO THERE BELOVED URANUS, TAKE YOUR FRIENDS AT IPSA WITH YOU. E.T.{ EARNING TOO MUCH } GO HOME.


on 08/12/2013 06:46:00

BRAND IS RIGHT


DONT VOTE....... MPs, IPSA,ALL POLITICAL ELITES, THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US PLEBS


on 08/12/2013 06:30:00

unexceptable


only top city fat cats are getting double digit pay rises. why are mps and how are they getting everything paid for them, its sickening, with all the cuts to the poor and vulnerable how can you justify this without people saying NO NO NO


on 04/11/2013 19:47:00

Disgusting


Please tell me this is some sort of joke? This is unacceptable and should not be taken forward.


on 04/11/2013 12:33:00

Mr


ChadwickAfter privatising nearly everything MP'S have less responsibility now than ever before, so their pay and numbers should be reduced accordingly.


on 01/11/2013 11:54:00

corrupt mps


mp's on the make on the take *yuk* financed by corrupt bankers who dictate govt policies and bribes to go.yuk*All mp's to be made part time and no re-election 1 term only.scum bags the lot of them


on 02/10/2013 16:54:00

Totally Unfair


When everyone in the country gets pay cuts (lucky ones get a nominal pay raise of 1%), why MPs should get a 10% pay raise? Not acceptable. Number of MPs and their salaries and perks to be cut not increase. If not why Austerity is imposed on common man?


on 01/10/2013 20:59:00

PUBLIC HAS SPOKEN


Surely after reading these posts and gauging the public reaction(which MP's are useless at!)these proposals should be rejected as there is little or no support. Or is this just the whitewash we al believe it to be - jobs & pay for the boys!


on 21/09/2013 16:42:00

Steve Custiss


Some years ago a Minister told us our current pay levels were fine as we were able to both recruit new staff & retain our existing ones so no case for a rise existed. Cuts both ways!


on 12/09/2013 16:22:00

Roger Halliday


The US has 6 times our population but fewer Senators and Congressman! We need to see some CUTS in both pay and the number of them. Roll on the guillotines!!!!


on 12/09/2013 16:18:00

James Fletcher


MP's pay already puts them in the top 10% of earnings. If their current pay is not enough then they need to lower their standards of living, like the rest of us.


on 12/09/2013 16:16:00

Mr P Stringer


If being an MP is so tough, how can octagenarians still do it?? A cut in both pay and the number of parliamentarians is what we need.


on 12/09/2013 16:12:00

Mr A.M.Strachan


Sir Ian Kennedy was quoted in the press as saying "the pay rise would overcome MPs resorting to devious means to make up their income," Are these not "honourable gentlemen" we are supposed to have? A poor criteria to provide these awards.


on 17/08/2013 00:00:00

Reduce MPs' pay now


The proposed pay rise is totally unacceptable. MPs are already vastly overpaid.


on 17/08/2013 00:00:00

NO WAY JOSE


Worst idea since increasing the Queen's income by 6 million pounds. All pigs at the trough.


on 16/08/2013 00:00:00

Peg MP's pay to civil service Executive Officers


In the late 70s, MPs' pay was pegged to that of civil servant Executive Officers. IPSA should reinstate this link - leading to an immediate reduction to MPs' pay of around 50%, and then peg future increases to those of civil service EOs.


on 16/08/2013 00:00:00

totally unacceptable


In this time of austerity MPs should have any increase levied at 1% the same as everybody else .thus showing solidarity with the normal working man.


on 29/07/2013 00:00:00

Totally Unacceptable


How can it morally right in the current climate to give such a big increase when other public service workers are receiving so little. This is completely unfair.


on 27/07/2013 00:00:00

All in it together?


I work as a public sector worker and have had very small increases to my salary in the last three years. MPs are public sector workers and should be under the same conditions. No to any large increase.


on 27/07/2013 00:00:00

public sector workers


interesting that so many 'work' in public sector, obviously have not enough to do and time on their hands.Most are very childish also.


on 24/07/2013 00:00:00

Not when constituents suffer such poverty


An unequivocal NO to an inflation busting hike in MP’s salaries. On top of an already opulent £66,000 wage they relish generous expenses and allowances plus many have a litany of well-paid outside interests.


on 23/07/2013 00:00:00

Definately no no no.Why do they think they are intitled to more than the average worker in this country.


20/07/2013


on 20/07/2013 00:00:00

Mr.


no issue with pay rise as long as MPs work full time and take on no other paid work. Would they like Headteachers, Doctors and Judges who are paid a full salary to take on other paid employment.


on 20/07/2013 00:00:00

IPSA should consult with the TUC


Maybe IPSA should consult with the TUC each year and ask them what their members want for a pay rise and honour each and every onejust like the MP`s


on 20/07/2013 00:00:00

it is wrong simple


this massive pay rise is wrong simple as that


on 20/07/2013 00:00:00

WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER


Stop all 2nd jobs, stop all other allowances and expenses and maybe, just maybe I could live with this. A kick in the teeth for all other public sector workers who endured a 2 year pay freeze and from 2013-2016 only get a capped 1% rise.


on 19/07/2013 00:00:00

Not good enough


Why should the MPs get any help when they lose their seat? If I lose my job because I am not good enough to do it properly, I get no help from my ex employer. It just amounts to a golden handshake, even for useless MPs. It is wrong!


on 19/07/2013 00:00:00

Comparisons with other countries' M.P.s


Much has been made about the higher salries paid to the M.P.s of other countries. A truer comparison would be to see if M.P.s in those countries are allowed extra earnings from other jobs etc. I don't think so!


on 17/07/2013 00:00:00

Too Many & Not Justified


There are far too many MP's, as well as too many Quango's, LA's, Councils etc. They have no distinct responsibilities & require no special skills. Put them on standard Civil Service terms & Conditions as temporary employees - Why Not?


on 17/07/2013 00:00:00

They look after themselves


They all look after themselves. Snouts in the trough. Abiding by the rules THEY set. Why no serious prosecutions for the expenses fiddles.


on 17/07/2013 00:00:00

Totally inappropriate


at this moment in time. Being a member of Parliament is a totally over-rated occupation as most just vote in accordance with party policy and we only have three parties. And who wants someone with a fixed view to represent you ?


on 17/07/2013 00:00:00

Gravy Train


How can anyone have any respect for MPs who yet again will manipulate and cheat the system to feather their own nests?


on 17/07/2013 00:00:00

Meal Allowance


Sir Ian Kennedy said that MP's evening meal allowance will be reduced to £15. What he didn't say was that they would still get their £46 lunch allowance. Unbelievable!


on 15/07/2013 00:00:00

Taxpayer


is it not time for MP's to be given an equivalent Civil Service grade, receive pay , travel & subsistance allowances for that grade , and be treated as temporary employees .


on 15/07/2013 00:00:00

Redundant of Kent


They have precious little credibility now should this go ahead they will have none.


on 15/07/2013 00:00:00

disgusted


if my local mp gives herself a pay rise im going to heckle the hell out of her when she tries to get elected, we will be ready


on 15/07/2013 00:00:00

Arrogance


Ipsa chairman warned that avoiding an increase could create another expenses-style crisis as politicians sought to top up their salaries. So, to stop MP's stealing from us we need to pay them more???? Unbelievable.


on 13/07/2013 00:00:00

MPs Pay expenses


How can IPSA justify 10-11% increase in MPs salary when the rest of the Public Sector is only getting 1% this year and has had years of low rises? This is comletely unjustifiable.


on 13/07/2013 00:00:00

More money = better MPs?


But we tried that. We gave them free houses, free TVs, free meals, free travel, golden goodbyes, golden pensions... And still this wasn't enough for them. Still they cheat, lie, and steal. And your solution is to give them more money!


on 13/07/2013 00:00:00

MP PAy


Reform on MP pensions, resettlements and expenses are welcome. But presenting a package that stop abuse of the system does not mean the MPs should be kept quiet with a large pay rise when the rest of the public sector are limited to 1%.


on 13/07/2013 00:00:00

jealous


simple big pay rise,means bigger final pension,its not rocket science they win again,we loose


on 13/07/2013 00:00:00

Detached from reality


Get real or get out


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Disgraceful IPSA


This proposal for an increase in salary for MPs is unjust and shows how out of touch IPSA is with the general public


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

IPSA not in the real world.


No one forced MP's into the job, if they are not satisfied with their salaries then they should resign. They are public servants and should get 1% the same as the others. They are not special cases.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

No to pay rise


So, the armed forces are being reduced by how many thousand. Pay freezes for public sector workers.in this time of austerity we should all pull together.I think IPSA should join the real world and look what's happening in the country


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA Chairman


Sir Ian Kennedy, chairman of Ipsa, clearly out of touch with everyone in the UK. How much was he paid to recommend this nonsense?


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

In the real world


Kennedy should resign now as he is clearly incapable of reading the public mood on this issue,no large payoff either.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

TOTAL INCOME


£74,000 would be fine if that was total income, most MPs have outside earnings, parliamentary salary should be reduced accordingly and expenses scrutinised. We may get a more representative House of Commons if all MPs were willing to work for £74,000


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

PAY OFF


Why should MPs get paid for losing their job, if I lost my job my ex employer would not pay resettlement expenses.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Free Choice


MP's know the salary when they stand for election. Surely they are bright enough to calculate whether they can survive on that wage; and if not they need not stand. Afterall it is not compulsory to stand for election.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

MP Pay IPSA


I fully endorse the independent IPSA review. I do not want MP's having to supplement their incomes with extras and golden hand shakes. I want a good pay structure that attracts top MPs to represent their constituents without financial worries.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

MP Pay Structure


100% agree with the IPSA decision - MPs should be paid competitive wage to attract best from all wakes of life and backgrounds.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Rupert Ballantyne


Totally unacceptable in such times. MP's should be paid on their attendance. Also refurbish an old hotel with canteen and bar to accommodate those who need to stay. That would stop expenses fiddling


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Fairness


MPs in theory have a hard job. So pay should be broadly twice average earnings. But only paid pro rata for when they are in Westminster working - in The House or in Committee.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Fairness 2


If an MP resigns or is sacked i.e. not re-elected then no Redundancy pay aka Resettlement Grant.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Fairness 3


Like all other workers MPs should not get expenses for turning up to work at Westminster. There may be some argument for a lodging allowance for those over 2.5 hours from London by train PROVIDED they stay overnight. Say £30 per night allin.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Fairness 4


MP's Pensions to be based upon 90ths rather than the current 20ths. Like all public sector no pay rise bribe to accept the new conditions - just impose them. And like public sector pensioners, for those already retired, cut their pensions too.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Public service


If they do not like the current salary they should look for alternative employment - all MPs should be restricted to 10 years maximum in parliament


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

NO


MPs should face the same harsh realities as the people they supposedly represent. So no pay rise and stop subsidised restaurants and bars in the Houses of Parliament. It is a workplace not a nightclub.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Sir Ian Kennedy ?????


As Sir Ian is on a six figure salary, he is obviously totally divorced from the pain that ordinary hard working folk are experiencing. If he cant come up with anything better than this, sack him.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

No No No


This is an astonishingly insensitive recommendation. But it isn't a surprise - the powers that be have no regard for the majority of the population.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

MP's proposed pay rise


Paying high wages has never been a fair test that it will attract the best talent. It only attracts those people that will try anything once provided there is a good severance payout if they screw up.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

MP pay structure


I am a member of The Labour Party and think Labour MPs should refuse this pay rise in support of Public Sector workers, as their allowances more than compensate for any shortfall in salary.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

In it together? Pah!


As a member of the Labour Party who happens to also be a teacher I have recently sacraficed a days pay through industrial action, I expected or rather hoped that we would receive some kind of support or even loyalty from the Labour Party


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Them and Us


Once again the divide between MPs and the general public widens. While many MPs claim to disagree with IPSAs recommendations I am not convinced many will refuse the pay increase or donate the difference in pay to the plight of Public Sector workers


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

Just Say NO!


Dirty, greedy, horrible, posh MPs have some morals and say no to this pay increase.


on 12/07/2013 00:00:00

G R Dicks


Where does the figure of £74k come from? How do you arrive at it, justify it?


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MPs deserve no pay increase - their pay needs to be cut by 50%


The vast majority of MPs, past & present, through their incompetence have near bankrupted the country.Relate their pay to their performance, which means they should take a pay cut.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Ridiculous


What is different about MPs that they deserve a pay rise when the rest of the public sector is facing a real terms pay cut every year? MPs say no to the rise. Say no to IPSA.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Pension


Their pension should reflect the economy,half as final salary scheme and half as a defined contribution scheme.They would then understand the impact of QE on annuity rates which has hit pensioners.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

No no no


MPs are not a special case at any time, they are public servants like the rest of us. The removal of the gravy train expenses elements is long overdue and not an excuse for a pay top up.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Absolutely NOT!


Most people earn 20-25k, these people are working to line their own pockets, not for the people. This is a disgusting waste of money in the current economic climate!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

I will use my vote


If my current MP or whomever contests and wins the seat in 2015 does not publicly declare that they will not take this pay rise before seeking election, then I for one will not be voting for that person.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Average National Wage


MP salaries should be set at the average national wage. If MPs do not wish to accept this they do not deserve to remain in office


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

What do they do? We still have to ask!


Every MP should have a report done on them every year...ATTENDANCEVOTINGPROPOSALS, ETC.A 'STATE OF THEIR LOCAL UNION' so to speak


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

In it together?


I have no problem with the increase providing that the same is offered to ALL public sector workers! Maybe is IPSA should take a look at what Teachers, Doctors, Nurses and Home Helps do and re-rate that too?


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Attracting talent


My view equates near enough to the IPSA proposals. The job should not carry perks but it should be rewarded significantly, particularly if we aim to attract the right talent. I suggest remuneration on a par with medical General Practitioners


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

simple minded


why not-a) salary scales dependent on experience/years served.b) performance related pay - just to name 2 criteria. The one shoe fits all doesn't compare to what happens in the outside world


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Completely inappropriate recommendations


So british MPs get paid twice as much in basic allowance as Spanish MPs and comparable to the same figure for French MPs.. so why this increase at this time. When the country is doing well... THEN they should get an increase. GET PAID BY RESULTS.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

No to pay increase


Mp's should earn no more than the average wage. This would encourage them to actually work to improve the wages of those at the bottom.Pensions should equally be pegged at that point.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Well balanced idea


Just wanted to say this looks like a sensible approach to working out the answer. Far better to remunerate properly than distort incentives with lots of expensive benefits.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

10% Rise?


I do not agree with this rise. MP's earn enough as it is.Freeze the pay rise to 1% to match the public sector.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

We need the best


Yes they should get a pay rise. Its been fixed at 66000 for ages and we need good people in politics and money will attract them. We can't expect them to purely do it for the love of the job.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Not in it together?


There are millions on the dole, thousands losing their houses, people scrabbling to live for a WHOLE YEAR on the amount recommended for this payrise.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Pathetic


Its really pathetic that IPSA, set up to safeguard the public from being raped by MPs, is doing just that. Stop this now, the Public don't want it, the MPs don't want it. How is this justified in todays economic situation? Utterly disgraceful.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

One wage only


I feel MPs should get one salary and do one job. No extra jobs, consultancies, places on boards etc, that bring in money and distract from their job as an MP.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Awful


We're all in this together, eh?


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Parliamentary costs


IPSA should be concentrating on reducing Parliament costs. It has a budget of approx £150 million.As a Government funded organisation it should be reducing its costs by 20%. Not adding to them, which this proposal does.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

IPSA accountability


- How much does IPSA cost taxpayers?- Who appoints IPSA members and sets salaries?


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Outrageous Decision


The height of stupidity - in this time of austerity and restraint on public sector pay how on earth can such a huge rise in the wages of MPs be justified. Who actually commissioned this review at this time - they should be sacked!!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Proposterous


Absolutely unbelievable. Totally unjustified and an insult to every tax payer in the UK. MP's should be ashamed of themselves in trying to reward themselves with such a payrise.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Beyond Belief


People in the real world are facing a 1% salary increase, probably nothing at all if you work in the private sector. To even SUGGEST a salary increase such as this is shameful.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

SICKENING


The proposal to award MPs a £6,000 pay rise is beyond belief. It is completely unjustifiable and should not be approved.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

An absolute


Disgrace


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

No


Totally inappropriate in the current climate. Watch live debates on TV and see how few MP's turn up to make our laws. Most have other jobs and are part time. No wonder the public have no respect for or trust in politicans


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Alien


IPSA are obviously not of this planet,they need to jump in their space ship and return to where they came from.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Don't Care


I'm so sick of our hard earned taxes being wasted, I've emigrated, so MPs with snouts in the trough.....take what you want, you don't get a penny out of me ever again!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Business as usual


Do as I say not as I do. At least we know they don't consider themselves public servants.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Not Deserving


MPs deserve no more remuneration than other public service workers, many of whom are more highly skilled and with years of experience, yet they work for a pittance. This pay increase cannot be allowed to happen. allowed


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Full-time M.P.s, please


I have only voted in one general election because I am still young. When I voted, I thought I was voting for an M.P. who would do the job full-time – not part-time as so many of them seem to do.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Full-time M.P.s continued


I have since learned that many M.P.s earn substantial amounts of money from other work. I am totally disgusted at the idea of only having a part-time M.P. I want an M.P. who devotes him or herself full-time to the job of M.P. because it is so important.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Full-time M.P.s continued


I would be quite happy for M.P.s to be paid £74000 per year to be a full-time M.P. but I am not in favour of £74000 for part-time M.P.s.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Full-time M.P.s continued


Perhaps candidates should be made to give up all other work once they are elected as a Member of Parliament? We might then get good government instead of the rubbish we always seem to get.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Sure We're All in this Together?


Words fail me...I am disabled and facing serious poverty with the less than generous ESA I receive...and these guys want a massive pay increase...again Words fail me.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Bloke


I agree with most of the comments here If MPs are to receive this amount - they should be committed to being MP's and not have any other job. Also they should declare tax and any conflicting interests.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Public Sector


Why is it our MP's are not given 1% pay rise the same as any other public sector worker?They seem to be paid out of the public purse which is in a pretty bad shape. IPSA please use you brains.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MP's working


Absolutely agree with comments, either be paid as an MP with no other job or continue to be paid from outside interests and not receive MP's salary.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MPs' pay rise


Absolute disgrace, why give them a pay rise well above those public sector workers who have suffered with no rise for the last 4 years and a pitiful 1%this year,I am appalled by your decision and this should be overturned as soon as possible


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Phlox


IPSA chairman Sir Ian Kennedy, stated on BBC radio 5 live this morning he was earning £700-a-day whilst working on the pay and pensions project.Yes - seven-hundred-pounds-a-day.I feel ill.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

jim


our underworked and overpaid useless mps deserve absolutely NO pay rise.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

pay for the best Bottomly


What rubbish. We want the best teaching assistants and firemen but we don't give them a pay increase. Also you can't cover it by saying they're cutting pensions because the same teaching assistants and firemen have also had theirs cut.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Outraged


This is disgraceful - limit their pay to 1%


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Scroungers


MP's should have receive the average wage of those they represent plus strict expenses for travel and accommodation only. everyone else has to pay for their own food and incidentals MP's are the real Scroungers.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Pay them them the same as Union Bosses


36 Union General Secretaries earn more than £100,000 pa.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Unbelievable


How can this proposed rise be justified in the current climate? It is one rule for MPs and another rule for everyone else. It is an insult to private and public sector workers.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

No more


no


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

mrs h


the mps do not deserve the pay rise unless they get what the rest of the public services get,that is one percent.the same should apply to the pensions. most people pay for their own meals whilst at work and any taxi home.why should mps be any different.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

ex Military


How can a MP with 5 years service get a resettlement package larger than a member of the armed forces with 22 years service. Time for a reality check.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Living wage


I have a friend who has been a full time police officer for about four years. He has had to move back home with his parents because he can't afford to pay rent. If we can't afford to pay police officers a living wage we can't afford this.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

No


They don't deserve what they are paid now, let alone an increase. They are always lining their pockets with other interests gained out of being an MP with the hope they can lobby the Government.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

No continued


This is a disgusting slur on all the hard working Public sector who have been denigrated by this Government.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MP's PAY


There should be no more than a 1% increase in the overall sum paid. MP's are public servants and need to be subject to the rules they set. The proposals should, ideally be cost neutral.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

lets be having you


I would personally pay MPS a salary of 150k a year with no other expense apart from 2nd class rail to the HOC from their constiuency home in return reduce the number of MPS to 325


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

1% and no more


The figure I find surprising is the uplift in growth in earnings by 2015 referred to by OBR. I believe MP salaries should be tied to a multiple of the minimum wage - if UK's worth increases then so too min. wage.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

One job


I'm not against the proposed pay rise and associated package - well done for making it all cheaper - as long as it comes with legislation that stops MPs from holding other jobs/directorships/consultancies etc while they are in office.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Well Done


I for one welcome the IPSA's independent and brave decision. I would willingly forgo the generous 1% that I've had in the last 4 years so that our beloved MPs can justly have more.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Pay rise?


They should have had a pay cut, thought we were in this together? cut their pay, and take away their expenses, then watch the cost of living come tumbling down, as they get back to the real world!!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Stop the Gravy train


I have no problem with MP,s and Ministers receiving acceptable wages for the responsibility they hold. I do have a problem with them receiving income from other sources and spending time on other matters not to do with the people they represent.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Full time MPs


I have no issue with the pay rise, but do have issue with MPs doing 'consulting' and other work. I'd rather see a higher increase if needed to put an end to that. (Imagine High Court judges doing 'consulting' work as MPs do).


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

In it together? I agree with you!


I too have no problem with the increase providing that the same is offered to ALL public sector workers! Maybe the IPSA should take a look at what Teachers, TAs, Doctors, Nurses and all other public sector workers do and re-rate that too?


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

10%+is just not on


keep the pay at the current level. then link to average earnings and cut the perks. this is a fair solution for us all MP,s and the people


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Where is IDS when you want him?


Iain Duncan Smith claimed he could live on £53 per week and the unemployed were living in idle luxury on £71:70. Well if the unemployed can live in luxury on that amount so can MPs.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MP's should take a pay cut.


MP's pay should be capped at 1% above average wage and they should not hold any other jobs.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

HUSH MONEY


"Refusing to give MPs a pay rise will result in politicians stealing money,"They shouldn't be stealing anyway and if you want to stop them, convict them, jail them and bar them from holding any senior public post thereafter.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

SIR Kennedy et al


SIR Iain Kennedy are you listening to the public. YOU HAVE GOT IT WRONG.Public servants should be treated the same i.e 1% pay rise, no pay off, no taxi fares or dinner money. Pay more for longer get less on your pension.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Pay rise


So they very people who say "were in it together" get a huge pay rise while everyone else has to suffer , people are losing jobs, there homes, the poor get poorer while you lot get richer , it goes beyond belief how this can happen


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MP get far too much


If the Mps get min wage while they sit in parliament and not claim expenses see how long it would be before the rate chances


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

absolutely not


public sector is limited to a 1% pay rise. This should apply to MPs too.The pensions move will bring them into line with the rest of the public sector pensions but the pay rise is unwarranted


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Pay rise


Sadly this pay rise matter is another example of how "out of touch" the Westminster set really is and not living in the real world. Many are being "punished" for being poor and this effects on the people are very real.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

What is wrong with these people


SIR Ian Kennedy says it is to prevent another expenses scandal. He said it himself..a scandal and we are supposed to believe a payrise will prevent another one. Is SIR Ian employing an accountant to avoid tax as well


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

It's a joke


They're laughing at us all yet again!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

DAMN DISGRACE


How dare anyone even consider wasting our taxes on these money grabbing parasites who have ripped us off for years!! End it now and cut their pay to a sensible level. They are not worth 70 plus k per annum


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Greed


Whilst some MPs are still being caught asking cash for questions, fiddling expenses,bullying female MPs and generally not leading by example, they should not get a payrise. Tighten your belts like the rest of us


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

A package?


Why does IPSA believe removal of unreasonable expenses needs to be offset with a huge pay rise? I didn`t hear any talk of public sector works pay going up to compensate for a worse pension, on the contrary, I have to pay more for the privilege!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Proposed MP Increase


I cannot believe it possible that you could go ahead and justify an 11% pay increase for MPs. Just how do they think the real people of this country get by.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Try using logic


MPs are public sector. Public Sector's pay is frozen, so should MP's: QED.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

State of the Economy


The state of the economy artificially limits pay rises and we all accept it. MPs should be the same. Let them have their rise once the economy is healthy enough to let us have ours.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Too generous


Tried to submit my full comment but all I get is "invalid text data".


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

forget these recommendations


MPs deserve the same treatment as other workers. Disregard these recommendations as Parliament has done with those for others.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Public sector worker


Mps should say no to pay rise. Or they are saying yes then give public sector workers the same % pay as what they have had it only right.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Slap in the face for everyone else!


Absolutely sick that IPSA are even suggesting this. People around me losing their jobs but I'm lucky - I still have a job but with a pay freeze for last 3 years. Get into the real world and treat us all the same - they are no better.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

USELESS MPS


if you want better MP's then there should be a way bad MP's can be sacked. Justify the pay rise when 70% of our laws are made in Brussels


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Suggestion?!


NHS getting a budget raise of 0.1 % - Give them that!!


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Fully Support


Its an independent review dealing with years of political meddling. Bite the bullet and pay them, if not there will never be a good time. By the way I am a public sector worker who has had 2 years pay freeze and fixed 1% this and next.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Awful decision


What a terrible decision to increase the pay at this level given the pay cuts/ pay freezes/ pay rise caps most workers are subjected to at present. It should be in line with the majority of workers. This is a shameful decision.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MP's pay


Enough is enough. Why should MP's be treated differently to everyone else. The perks they get are obscene - how many others get a Golden Parachute when they lose their job because they aren't good enough.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

MPs Pay & Pensions


MPs pay, pensions and benefits should be aligned to those of public servants.In these austere times, thought by leading economists to last until 2020, MPs pay should be limited to a 1% pay rise the same as any other public sector workers.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

1% maximum


I was promised a 1% pay rise that I should have received last August and have still not had. How can MPs accept this knowing they are still not paying civil servants what they promised. Looking after themselves again.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

Unfair


MP's are not special and should have their perks and pensions cut without the pay increase. Just like many oaths in public and private sectors.


on 11/07/2013 00:00:00

mr crawford


ipsa same public sector gravy train as the politicians there overseeing,its the same as the bbc feathering each other nests


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