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Pay review body for MPs 'not working': Cabinet minister

By David Hughes

The body responsible for setting MPs' pay came under fresh pressure after a Cabinet minister said it "does not seem to be working" after recommending a 10% hike in wages.

Justine Greening said MPs need to "sort out" the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) after it proposed increasing their salary to £74,000.

Downing Street said David Cameron agreed with International Development Secretary Greening that the proposals were "wrong" and he shared her frustrations with Ipsa.

The Prime Minister's official spokeswoman said: "The Development Secretary and the PM are both clear that that proposed pay increase from Ipsa is wrong.

"The PM shares the Development Secretary's frustration at this."

Pressed on whether the Government would push for changes to Ipsa in response to the row, the spokeswoman said: "The PM's position has not changed. He is not the one proposing this increase, he is the one opposing it.

"I think views being expressed by the Development Secretary are fully in line with the PM, that they don't think the pay increase is the right approach and Ipsa should be listening to views put forward."

The DUP, SDLP and UUP have yet to confirm if they will take the pay rise, while Sinn Fein said it was not an issue for the party as its four MPs do not take their seats.

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