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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

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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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Should MPs receive a 10% pay rise? Your thoughts

Should MPs receive a 10% pay rise? What do you think? Credit: PA Wire

A 10 per cent pay rise for MPs - bringing their salary to £74,000 - looks set to go through at the end of the month, after the increase was not blocked by the Prime Minister.

What do you think of the proposal?

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Unions slam 'hypocritical' pay rise for MPs amid cuts

Workers' unions have slammed a £7,000-a-year pay rise for MPs as "hypocritical" amid ongoing public sector cuts.

The GMB union has protested government cuts in the past Credit: PA

Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB union - which has protested government cuts in the past - argued that the rise should mean MPs give up any additional jobs.

We look forward to this meaning that MPs will be able to devote 100% of their working time to the interests of their constituents rather than some of them lining their pockets with second, third and fourth paid jobs outside Parliament.

We trust that none of the MPs accepting this pay rise as public servants will have the audacity to oppose the recommendations of pay review bodies or decent pay rises for public sector workers.

– Paul Kenny, GMB

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, added:

It would be grossly hypocritical for any MP who voted for years of pay cuts for public sector workers to accept a 10% increase for themselves.

– Mark Serwotka, PCS

Cameron remains 'absolutely against' MPs' pay rise

David Cameron remains "absolutely" opposed to a pay rise for MPs - but will not block it as it would need him to re-write the law, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister has said.

MPs are set for a 10 per cent pay rise Credit: PA

Stopping the pay rise for rank-and-file MPs, as recommended by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), would mean a change to existing laws which would then have to be voted on in the Commons.

Throughout this process and debate, the Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that he doesn't agree with the proposed increase.

But ultimately it is up to Ipsa as an independent body to decide MPs' pay and it is for them to make their determination.

– Prime Minister's spokeswoman

A document released by Ipsa defending their decision claims that due to cuts to MPs pensions and expenses - including a new ban on claiming for evening meals - the increased salaries would not cost taxpayers "a penny more".

MPs' 10% pay rise to £74,000 looks set to go through

A 10 per cent pay rise for MPs - bringing their salary to £74,000 - looks set to go through at the end of the month.

David Cameron opposed the hike last month but said it is a matter for Ipsa. Credit: PA

The £7,000 hike, proposed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards (Ipsa), has not been blocked by the Prime Minister - despite David Cameron saying last month it was "simply unacceptable" while the rest of the public sector is restricted to a mere one per cent rise.

The increase will also be backdated to May 8 - the day after the General Election - unless "new and compelling" evidence is put forward to oppose it, Ipsa said.

TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive Jonathan Isaby criticised Ipsa for the "inappropriate" sum.

It's clear that Ipsa is hopelessly out of touch and not fit for purpose.

The national debt is still rising and hard-pressed taxpayers are keeping their belts tight so it's totally inappropriate for these bureaucrats to recommend even higher pay for MPs.

Ipsa spent £70,000 on a consultation which showed the public believed the current pay level to be broadly fair, yet have ignored the findings.

– Jonathan Isaby, TaxPayers' Alliance
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