Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Outrage as MP salaries set to rise by up to £20k

Any significant rise to MPs' pay is set to cause controversy
Any significant rise to MPs' pay is set to cause controversy

MPs are in line for a dramatic pay rise of up to £20,000 in a move that could spark public fury.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has been looking at an increase of between £10,000 and £20,000 — although the lower figure is considered more likely.

The hike would be partly offset by curbs to their gold-plated pensions and personal expenses.

Ipsa took responsibility for MPs' salaries and pensions two years ago, and has been carrying out a fundamental review.

A survey released by the watchdog in January found politicians on average believed they should be paid £86,000 rather than £66,000, with some demanding more than £100,000.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Politicians shouldn't get huge pay hikes when taxpayers and other public sector workers are facing pay freezes and cuts.”

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