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Government files official opposition to 10% MP pay rise

The government has formally registered its opposition to a proposed 10 per cent pay rise for MPs.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) - over which ministers have no control - recommended the £7,000 rise to due an upturn in the economy.

House of Commons leader Chris Grayling has registered the government's official opposition Credit: PA

But political leaders - including the Prime Minister - have said it is "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" when other public sector workers are only being given an increase of one per cent.

House of Commons leader Chris Grayling has now written to Ipsa chairman Sir Ian Kennedy, highlighting the government's first unfavourable response to the recommendation two years ago.

The view of the government remains that a pay rise of this nature at this time is not appropriate.

You will be aware that as part of the government's commitment to cutting the cost of politics, the Prime Minister has announced that we have frozen ministerial pay for a further five years, saving an estimated £4 million.

While the Government notes the welcome economic indicators since December 2013 ... we continue to believe that despite the welcome signs of progress, the continuing structural deficit shows the job is far from done.

The government has an ongoing commitment to responsible fiscal policy and returning the public finances to a sustainable position.

– Chris Grayling


How British MPs' salaries compare to other countries

David Cameron has restated his opposition to a 10% salary hike for MPs - but stopped short of blocking the rise.

Here's how British MPs' salaries compare to politicians in Italy, Australia and France:

Italian MPs earn the equivalent of £120,546 a year Credit: ITV News

David Cameron reiterates opposition to MPs' £7k pay rise

David Cameron has renewed his opposition to a 10% salary hike for MPs - has stopped short of blocking the rise.

David Cameron has renewed his opposition to a 10% salary hike for MPs - but has stopped short of blocking the rise Credit: PA

Downing Street said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which sets pay for MPs, will receive a letter underlining the Prime Minister's opposition to the move.

"We're writing a letter to Ipsa to reiterate we stand by the detailed submission we had already made to them last year saying we think this rise is wrong," a Downing Street source said.

Mr Cameron previously described the £74,000 proposed pay packet, which comes at a time when the rest of the public sector is restricted to 1%, as "unacceptable".

However, No 10 indicated earlier this week that it would not seek to block the increase.

Mr Cameron has come under pressure to take a stand against the salary increase after the frontrunners in the Labour leadership race made clear they will not pocket the cash.

Andy Burnham to turn down MPs 10% pay rise

Andy Burnham said the planned £7,000 hike 'cannot be justified'. Credit: PA

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham has said he will turn down a 10% planned pay rise for MPs bringing their salary to £74,000.

Mr Burnham said if the hike goes ahead he will refuse to accept it or donate the money to local groups.

The shadow health secretary said the proposed rise "cannot be justified".

Writing on Twitter the Leigh MP said:

David Cameron opposed a more than 10% pay rise but said it was ultimately a decision for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa).

Downing Steet said the Prime Minister will not seek to block Ipsa's proposal - meaning he will personally get the extra money taking his salary to £149,440.

Poll: Should MPs receive a 10% pay rise?

Labour: MP's pay rise 'feels wrong', 'needs stopping'

The Labour party has added its voice to criticism of a decision to award MPs a 10 per cent pay rise.

Despite opposition from senior politicians, including the Prime Minister, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) looks set to introduce the raise, which amounts to £7,000 a year, at the end of the month.

Labour backbencher John Mann has also criticised the pay rise Credit: PA

A spokesman for the Labour party said it would "feel wrong" if the recommendation is pushed through by the independent body at a time when "so many people are struggling".

Labour backbencher John Mann, who serves on Treasury Select Committee, also called for the rise to be blocked.

At a time when the Chancellor is asking every Government department to cut billions more from their budgets, and public sector employees have been offered a one per cent pay increase, this decision needs stopping.

– John Mann MP
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