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20.05.13

Ipsa may recommend salary increase for MPs

MPs could receive a £10,000 pay rise, if reports suggesting that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) thinks that salaries are lagging behind civil service pay are true.

The current salary for MPs is £65,738 a year, although an Ipsa survey published in January showed that on average MPs thought they should be paid £86,000.

Leaders of the three main parties have resisted pay increases on the grounds that it would be wrong while the public sector is suffering a pay freeze.

The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, is reported to be sympathetic to a pay rise. Ipsa is due to publish its report next month.

An Ipsa spokesman told the Sunday Times: “There is no recommendation yet, there are no proposals yet. We are working on that. We are going to do this in a very public and proper way with consultation. We will be consulting before the end of June and at that point we will be asking the public what they think of the proposal.”

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Cllr Neil Mcilveen   20/05/2013 at 16:46

As a City Councillor, my allowance (which has remained frozen for the past few years) is such that I am effectively in a worse financial position as a Councillor than I was before being elected into office. I recieve unpaid leave which means I lose salary and pension which is probably about 50% more than the allowance I receive. To suggest that MP's should be provided with a 15% + pay rise is ridiculous.

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