MPs on both sides label wage rise 'unjustifiable'

By Tristan Harris Wednesday 11 December 2013 Updated: 11/12 00:18

THE MEMBERS of Parliament for Bromsgrove and Northfield have been responding to the recommendations that MPs' wages should increase by 11 per cent.

MPs currently get paid a basic salary of £66,396 but the suggestion by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), due to be officially released on Thursday (December 12), is that members' wages should increase by £7,600 to £74,000.

The leaders of all three parties said they disagreed with the recommendation when it was first mooted earlier this year, but IPSA does not need the agreement of Parliament to implement the increase.

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said: "It's right that an independent body should set the terms of MPs' pay.

"But given the economic climate, the proposed pay rise is unjustifiable.

"I want to see the cost of politics going down, not up."

And Northfield MP Richard Burden added: "After the expenses scandal of a few years ago, it’s right that MPs’ salaries are decided by a body which is completely independent of Parliament."

He said when the recommendations were received on Thursday, he and other members would be studying them closely.

"I believe that decisions about MPs' pay must be taken in the light of wider economic circumstances and the cost-of-living crisis facing families.

"When people are feeling the pinch in the way people in the Midlands are feeling it right now, it’s not the right time for IPSA to go ahead with a package of proposals on pay like this.

"That’s why Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a cross-party approach which recognises that workers in the public and private sectors are going extremely difficult times.

"We need an outcome for MPs that commands full public confidence.”

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