MPs criticise hike in salaries

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

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Fylde coast MPs say it is the wrong time for them to get a pay rise when other workers are being refused one.

It comes after Commons watchdog IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) recommended a £6,000 increase to £74,000 a year from 2015.

Labour’s Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden: “It would not be appropriate in the current climate, and this recommendation is not in touch with the world outside.

“I have never asked for a rise of this size, nor as far as I know, have the majority of MPs.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys Tory MP Paul Maynard said: “At a time when both public and private workers are taking pay cuts or marginal rises of one per cent, I think it is totally inappropriate for any body, independent or not, to think that MPs should get a 10 per cent pay rise.

“I do know that IPSA is consulting on this and I would urge members of the public to take part in that consultation, as I will be doing, to make the point that the public rightly see this as unacceptable.”

Fleetwood and Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw, also a Conservative, said: “I think it’s absolutely crazy at this time to be suggesting this kind of increase when people in the public sector are getting rises of no more than one per cent, and a lot in the private sector are not getting any increase at all.”

MPs are currently paid £66,396, but that is due to rise to £67,060 in April 2014 and rise by a further one per cent the following year.

The recommendation amounts to a rise of around £6,300 a year, or 9.3 per cent on what MPs would be getting in 2015.

The Ipsa report also recommends cuts to perks such as meal allowances and taxis and a less generous pension scheme.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The idea of hiking MPs’ pay when everyone else has been suffering such a squeeze on their earnings is totally unpalatable.

“MPs do an important job and work hard, but they already earn nearly three times the national average and more than most of their European counterparts.”

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