April 21 2014 Latest news:
by Beth Wyatt
Friday, December 13, 2013
Havering’s MPs have spoken out against an 11 per cent rise in their salaries announced this week.
Jon Cruddas, Dame Angela Watkinson and Andrew Rosindell all said they disagree with proposals to increase their wages by £7,600, giving them an annual income of £74,000.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) announced its recommendation for the increase yesterday.
Mr Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, said: “This idea will really wind people up.
“I receive a good wage and I think MPs from all parties don’t do the job for the money.
“I support the idea that MPs shouldn’t vote on their own pay and that it is decided independently, but that doesn’t mean we should get a double digit hike in pay when everyone else is struggling.”
Watchdog IPSA was created in 2009 to regulate the expenses system and pay MPs their expenses and salaries.
Dame Angela, Conservative MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, said: “The government made it clear in the consultation that IPSA should take into account overall public service pay and pensions restraint when addressing the issue of MPs’ pay. We are disappointed that it has not done so.
“We will continue to make the case that IPSA should take [these factors] into account and that the cost of politics should go down and not up.”
Mr Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, added: “Civil servants have different pay grades and I think MPs’ pay should be done in a similar way.
“Rather than talking of whether we get a raise it should be [a case of] what’s the right salary for the job.
“That would be a long-term solution, rather than having this fuss every couple of years.”
The pay rise is expected to take place after the 2015 general election.