Call to scale MPs' pension scheme

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority chair Sir Ian Kennedy said it was essential to scale the present £13.6 million a year pension scheme for MPs, which was "expensive to the taxpayer and out of kilter with the modern idea of where public sector pensions should be".

That could put an end to a final-salary system that allows MPs to build up a £30,000 pension after 20 years and increasing the age at which it can be claimed after 65.

Ipsa's research indicates that the current salary level is low when compared with other developed countries' legislators - and with lawyers, headteachers and local council chief executives.