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IPSA propose an 11% pay increase for MPs

9th December 2013
IPSA propose an 11% pay increase for MPs

I have received a number of enquiries about my stance on the proposed 11% pay increase for MPs. My position is as follows:

This proposal by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (which was set up by the last Government to put an end to the abuses to the expenses system by some MPs) was announced some months ago.

The rise was NOT requested by MPs, we were not given an opportunity to vote for or against it and the rise will not happen until after the next General Election.

My own position has not changed. If there had been a vote I would have voted against such a rise. If I am re-elected I do not believe it would be right to accept more that the percentage increase that other public sector workers are given between now and such a rise coming into force.

If IPSA insist that MPs have no choice but to accept the rise (which appears to be their current position) then I will donate to charity the difference between what I think the rise should be and what is awarded by IPSA.

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