Don’t blame me..MP reacts to pay rise proposals

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle Price has responded to the news that MPs may be in line for a 11% pay increase

Parliamentary watchdog Ipsa is set to recommend a rise of £7,600 to £74,000, to come in after the 2015 election.

Ipsa is expected to try to temper criticism by announcing a tougher-than-expected squeeze on MPs’ pensions in a bid to cancel out the £4.6 million cost to the public purse.

Ms Doyle-Price went onto Twitter to ask: “Why are so many colleagues talking about the pay rise? We don’t set our pay any more, quite rightly. Challenge IPSA not us.”

Others have defended the pay rise, comparing the MP’s pay level at the moment to a third tier officer at Thurrock Council.

Chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Matthew Sinclair said: “Taxpayers will be furious that the pay rise comes at a time when MPs urge public pay restraint and the chancellor tells us he can’t afford to ease the burden of taxes on hard-pressed households and businesses.

“Ipsa’s own polling and research shows that the current level of pay to be broadly fair and that the public simply do not back the increase.

“This announcement amounts to an unaccountable quango putting up two fingers to taxpayers. The rise must be rejected.”

Chairman of Ipsa, Sir Ian Kennedy defended the plan. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “The current pay level was “not fair to MPs and not fair to the taxpayer”.

“Taxpayers deserve to have an MP who is properly remunerated,”

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