Tuesday, July 16, 2024

MPs could get £3,000 pay rise under new proposals

MPs could receive a pay rise of over £3,000 a year from next April under new proposals from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority reports BBC.

IPSA is the independent body responsible for overseeing MPs’ pay, pensions and expenses.

It says the rise was calculated using the same method as in recent years.

But some MPs have expressed unease about being awarded a pay rise at a time when many of their constituents are facing economic uncertainty.

IPSA’s proposals would see the increase in MPs’ salaries continue to be linked to the average rise for public sector workers.

Labour MP for Tooting, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said she would not take the pay rise or, if unable to refuse it, would donate it to charity.

She tweeted: “This isn’t right. Millions face job uncertainty and to give us MPs a pay rise now just sends the wrong message and highlights the economic divide in our country.”

And the Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland, in County Durham, Dehenna Davison, called the idea “bloody stupid” before issuing a reminder that MPs do not set their own salaries.

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