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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

Pay rise is 'attack on people at bottom of wage pile'

Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has criticised a 10% pay rise for MPs.

He told ITV News the move is an "attack" on people who are living on low wages and who themselves have received a 1% or 0% pay increase.

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.

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