PM: MPs' pay rise 'unacceptable'

David Cameron has said he thinks it would be "simply unacceptable" for MPs to get a pay rise "at a time of public sector pay restraint". A proposed 11% rise would take MPs' standard salary to £74,000 by 2015.

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MPs tea, biscuits and 'resettlement grants' face the axe

Among measures already on the table to offset the cost of the rise - which is 9 per cent higher than the rate MPs will be on by 2015 - was an end to "resettlement grants" of up to £65,000 for departing MPs.

Claims for tea and biscuits would not be allowed. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Under the plans that would be reduced to two weeks' pay for every year of service if they are under 41, and three weeks if they are older by 2020.

A £15 dinner allowance would be scrapped, claims for tea and biscuits would not be allowed, and taxpayer-funded taxis home only allowed after 11pm.

There would also be a crackdown on claims for running second homes, with costs such as TV licences and contents insurance no longer being met.

Fury over plan to hand MPs a £7,600 pay rise

People have reacted furiously on Facebook and Twitter over the news that MPs are to be handed a £7,600 pay rise.


Ipsa to boost MPs pay to £73,365

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (Ipsa) original report conceded there is no "compelling evidence" that MPs' current salary level is deterring candidates, making people leave Parliament, affecting the diversity of the House or lowering the standard of ministers.

Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ipsa said it had looked at increasing the current salary of £66,396 to anywhere between £73,365 and £83,430, but opted for the lower end "in recognition of the current difficult economic circumstances".

After 2015 wages would increase annually in line with average UK earnings.

Deputy speaker: 'MPs should not vote on their own pay'

Commons deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle, a Labour MP, cautioned against interfering with the system that would decide MPs pay.

"I agree that MPs should not vote on their own pay," he told the Mail on Sunday.

"It should be left to an independent body. It's not in the gift of the party leaders."

Deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle. Credit: IAN NICHOLSON/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In July, Mr Miliband predicted that Ipsa would drop the significant rise, but added: "If this was to go ahead I wouldn't be accepting this pay rise."

Mr Clegg said then that it was the "worst time" to advocate a double-digit pay rise.

MPs want pay 'restraint' to reflect economic climate

A Conservative source said David Cameron had been "clear that we are committed to reducing the cost of politics" and that the Prime Minister had consistently called for "restraint" in MPs' pay.

Labour sources said MPs pay should be "considered in the light of the current economic climate".

We will obviously wait to see what the final proposals are, however, as we have always said, any rise in MPs' pay must be considered in the light of the current economic climate and the cost-of-living crisis facing people across the country.

It must also be seen in the context of the decision to limit or freeze many workers' pay increases in both the public and private sectors.

– Labour source

MPs powerless to prevent pay rise coming into force

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is to press ahead with pay rises for MPs following a consultation on the proposals - first set out in July.

And MPs have no way to prevent the rise coming into force after the next general election - unless they change the law set up in the wake of the expenses scandal to stop them setting their own pay.

Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Research by Ipsa found that two-thirds of MPs believe they are underpaid and the watchdog's chairman Sir Ian Kennedy has insisted politicians' pay must "catch up" after years of being suppressed.

But many politicians are also furious at Ipsa's expenses regime and suggested they could back a move to strip it of the responsibility to set pay in order to destroy its authority.


Party leaders condemn MP pay rise during austerity

A £2.5 million saving by downgrading the final salary scheme for MPs to career average - matching the rest of the public sector - had already been proposed alongside a crackdown on various perks.

MPs in the House of Commons. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

All three main party leaders have condemned the increase at a time of national austerity, with both Labour's Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg pledged to shun the extra money.

David Cameron has stopped short of matching that pledge - and is under pressure from some Tory MPs to back the increase - but has said Westminster pay should not rise while others face restraint.

MPs to be handed a £7,600 pay rise

MPs are to be handed a £7,600 pay rise after a watchdog refused to bow to pressure from political leaders to scale back the rise at a time voters are feeling the squeeze.

The Palace of Westminster. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) will unveil its final proposals next week - including boosting MPs salaries to £74,000 from 2015 - 11 per cent higher than they get at present.

It is expected to try to temper criticism by announcing a tougher-than-expected squeeze on MPs' pensions in a bid to cancel out the £4.6 million cost to the public purse.

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