Appeal to abandon 10% pay rise to £74,000 for MPs – BBC News

Downing Street has made a fresh appeal to the body that sets MPs’ pay to abandon plans for a £7,000 rise.

It said in a letter to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority that the planned rise was “not appropriate”.

Ipsa has said unless there is “new and compelling evidence,” MPs’ pay will rise by 10%, from £67,060 to £74,000.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said PM David Cameron was under pressure after many opposition MPs said they would give the money to charity.

Labour’s leadership hopefuls Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall have said they will reject the extra money and Labour leader Harriet Harman is thought likely to do so, our correspondent said.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, SNP leader Angus Robertson and Lib Dem leadership hopeful Tim Farron have all said they will give the money to charity.

Source: Appeal to abandon 10% pay rise to £74,000 for MPs – BBC News

8 thoughts on “Appeal to abandon 10% pay rise to £74,000 for MPs – BBC News

  1. Michael Broadhurst

    they should give the money to food banks that they have created the need for,while that murdering fat ignorant toerag Idiot Duncan Smith can spend £35 on a breakfast.

  2. john condon

    so they should don’t earn it don’t deserve it total waste of public money mind you if they got it they could sleep in the house of lords HAHAHA longer idiots all of them

  3. hayfords

    Cameron froze ministers’ pay in 2010 and has frozen it again now a couple of days after the general election. That’s a ten year freeze in ministers’ pay.

    Regarding MPs’ pay, it does need to rise. It needs to be comparable to pay in the professional sector. Only that way can you get better qualified people to stand as MPs. The alternative is independently wealthy standing and politics obsessed candidates. I would suggest an even bigger pay rise to about £100k. The total cost is tiny in the scheme of things.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Sure, they can have that pay rise – when the minimum wage rises to at least £26,000 per year, perhaps.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        And we all know which ones you mean.
        Well, until that £26,000 minimum wage becomes affordable, those MPs can whistle for their 100 grand.

  4. Joan Edington

    I wish someone had offered me a 10% pay rise when I was working. I was never in the envious position where I would have turned it down. I worked out that my state pension rise this year would get me about 1 pint of beer a week in a really cheap pub.

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