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Politicians want a 32% pay increase
1:01pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
Mid Worcestershie MP Peter Luff says MP salaries should be compared with head teachers or council chiefs
MPs are after a 32 per cent pay rise after saying £65,000 a year is not enough.
A new survey has revealed 69 per cent believe they are ‘underpaid’ - with the average parliamentarian asking for £86,250.
One in 12 want more than £100,000 and only six per cent reckon their current pay is too much.
The findings, by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) have been attacked by critics, who say they are “out of touch.”
Mid-Worcestershire Peter Luff did not take part in the survey but refused to criticise the findings of it.
Two county MPs have also said they took a pay cut to take on the job.
Mr Luff said: “People should look at what other people are paid in positions of similar responsibility - look at head teachers or senior council officers.”
Worcester MP Robin Walker added: “I’m inclined to agree with Peter in that the comparison with other jobs is a valid one.
“I do recognise it is an issue the public are very sensitive about though, and I believe MPs should not be allowed to vote for big increases in pay, it is something which should be out of our hands and decided by an independent body, which is where IPSA’s work is important.
“Fundamentally, I took a pay cut to become an MP and the concern comes when you might have a brilliant MP, with a family who might be put off doing it - we do need to attract the best people.”
Around 100 anonymous MPs took part in the survey because IPSA has been tasked by Prime Minister David Cameron with shaking up pay and pensions following the expenses scandal.
Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, said: “As an MP I am paid a fraction of what I earned in the private sector.
“But I do this job because it is a vocation and a privilege and a chance to give something back to society through public service.”
Mr Walker did not complete the survey, while Mrs Baldwin would not confirm either way.
IPSA has already rejected proposals for regional pay, performance related pay, or to take outside earnings into account.
It has confirmed MP’s salaries will rise by one per cent both this year and in 2014, taking it to £67,060 by then. Their pay has been frozen since 2010.
IPSA will publish firm proposals in the spring with a view to adopting any changes from 2015.
Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, has attacked the findings, saying they are “completely wrong”.
He said: “This poll shows how totally out of touch they are.”
What MPs can also get on top of their salary
- £15 towards an evening meal if the House of Commons sits past 7.30pm
- If they are travelling on parliamentary business, £80 for taxis and £150 per night for a hotel or B&B
- For those MPs outside of London up to £20,000 a year in rent -
Up to £22,000 office costs, travel expenses, costs towards a second home and a pension