MPs happy to settle for small increase in salaries

MPs happy to settle for small increase in salaries

Robert Oxley, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, has hit out at MPs who back a pay rise for themselves

Henley MP JohnHowell will 'live with' one per cent raise

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood supports a one per cent cap

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry believes MPs should not have a say on their own pay

Oxford East Labour MP Andrew Smith says the public is not impressed with MPs who want a pay rise

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OXFORDSHIRE’S MPs say they don’t want an inflation-busting pay rise, but backed a small increase in their salaries.

The news comes after a survey of 700 MPs and members of the public by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) revealed 69 per cent believed MPs should earn more.

MPs John Howell, Nicola Blackwood, Tony Baldry and Andrew Smith have all said they refused to take part in the survey.

The report revealed that those who did call for a higher salary believed they should earn, on average, £86,250 a year.

MPs are currently paid £65,738 a year unless they are ministers, who get more cash depending on their role.

But when pressed, four out of the six Oxfordshire MPs all said they were happy to receive a one per cent rise recommended in the Government’s public sector pay policy.

Henley MP Mr Howell, a Conservative, said: “I am happy to live with it.

“Whatever MPs may feel about the salary they w

ould like to earn, they are not going to be given more than the one per cent increase per year characteristic of all public sector workers.

“This is a position I will be supporting.”

Oxford East Labour MP Andrew Smith said: “It’s not wise for MPs to comment on their own pay level. I don’t think the public is at all impressed with MPs who argue for more, especially at a time when incomes all round are being held back.”

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Oxford West and Abingdon’s Tory MP Nicola Blackwood also said she supported plans for a one per cent cap.

She said: “Sole responsibility for MPs’ salaries lies quite rightly with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and any decision on pay rises will be made by them, not by MPs.”

MPs used to dictate their own salaries each year, until the IPSA was created in 2009 by the Parliamentary Standards Act after the expenses scandal.

Banbury MP Sir Tony said one of the purposes of setting up the IPSA was so MPs “no longer had any say” on their pay and pensions. He said: “I think it is no longer for MPs to express views about their pay or pensions.”

The results of the survey have been condemned by campaign groups such as the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

The group’s campaign manager, Robert Oxley, said: “MPs are living in another reality if they think their pay should be hiked while everyone else’s is frozen.

“Politicians have had to make tough decisions on spending, pay and benefits so any rise in their own salary would look hugely hypocritical.”

Public sector pay policy instructs councils and other public bodies to cap rises in pay, which has been frozen since 2010, at one per cent in 2013 and 2014.

The IPSA is currently deliberating on whether it should do the same for MPs.

If the one per cent rise was implemented in April, MPs would earn £66,395.38.

At least 18 MPs have admitted to responding to the consultation. Responses were also received from the Labour Party, the Conservative 1922 Committee and the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

The Oxford Mail was unable to get a comment from Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron or Wantage MP Ed Vaizey.

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10:55am Sat 12 Jan 13

Horse66 says...

What a shame these MP's cannot lead by example. For the 3rd year running they have recommended a pay freeze for public sector workers and this year they have forced pension contributions up which in effect is a pay cut.
What a shame these MP's cannot lead by example. For the 3rd year running they have recommended a pay freeze for public sector workers and this year they have forced pension contributions up which in effect is a pay cut. Horse66
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11:43am Sat 12 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

All we hear is 'we are all in this together' well Mr, Mrs and Ms MP now is your chance to start showing us that it includes you.
All we hear is 'we are all in this together' well Mr, Mrs and Ms MP now is your chance to start showing us that it includes you. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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11:44am Sat 12 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

MP's should get a pay reduction, they're paid far too much as it is.
In my humble opinion MP's should all start on a basic salary, with rises linked to inflation, and only then receive raises based on time served, and productivity, at the moment, they're guaranteed a huge salary from the off, no matter what they do, which for the past few years, has been destroy the country.
MP's should get a pay reduction, they're paid far too much as it is. In my humble opinion MP's should all start on a basic salary, with rises linked to inflation, and only then receive raises based on time served, and productivity, at the moment, they're guaranteed a huge salary from the off, no matter what they do, which for the past few years, has been destroy the country. Dilligaf2010
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5:24pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

"The report revealed that those who did call for a higher salary believed they should earn, on average, £86,250 a year."
"Be paid" I think you mean, not "earn"The Chartists were wrong and MP's (and councillors) shouldn't be paid at all. But if they have to be let each one who votes for them, have to contribute a tenner a year, and yes that should apply if you're on welfare. Put your money where your mouth is. Me? I pay enough for the horribly engorged State anyway. I would not vote.Actually I would if Nigel Farage was standing in my area.He's worth a quid or two for entertainment value.
"The report revealed that those who did call for a higher salary believed they should earn, on average, £86,250 a year." "Be paid" I think you mean, not "earn"The Chartists were wrong and MP's (and councillors) shouldn't be paid at all. But if they have to be let each one who votes for them, have to contribute a tenner a year, and yes that should apply if you're on welfare. Put your money where your mouth is. Me? I pay enough for the horribly engorged State anyway. I would not vote.Actually I would if Nigel Farage was standing in my area.He's worth a quid or two for entertainment value. Lord Palmerstone
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5:53pm Sat 12 Jan 13

madeinengland says...

For years the politicians took millions from exspences ... the country sustained this for how long...it wasn't just the banks who made this mess ... In it together my butt.. Im a single parent with two children.. One has autisum and A.D.H.D..AS DO I... NOT ONLY IS MY BENEFITS STRUGGLING to pay food gas and electric .. Im about to loose money there's no pay rise for me... The fact is Im autistic i can see the gov has took the micky for years... Why do the back bone of this country for allow this to go on for years .. It don't matter who's in nothing ever changes .. At least labour shared the cream more fairly ......
For years the politicians took millions from exspences ... the country sustained this for how long...it wasn't just the banks who made this mess ... In it together my butt.. Im a single parent with two children.. One has autisum and A.D.H.D..AS DO I... NOT ONLY IS MY BENEFITS STRUGGLING to pay food gas and electric .. Im about to loose money there's no pay rise for me... The fact is Im autistic i can see the gov has took the micky for years... Why do the back bone of this country for allow this to go on for years .. It don't matter who's in nothing ever changes .. At least labour shared the cream more fairly ...... madeinengland
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10:24pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

What a fiasco! MPs should be paid by result, and wgat they do and actually achieve for their respective electorate, rather than filling Seats for their oplitical parties. It's the ptople who pay MPs wages, not the Party they belong to.
What a fiasco! MPs should be paid by result, and wgat they do and actually achieve for their respective electorate, rather than filling Seats for their oplitical parties. It's the ptople who pay MPs wages, not the Party they belong to. Myron Blatz
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5:05pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Headington Jim says...

And what about their pensions which we taxpayers pay for but could not even dream about for ourselves.
And what about their pensions which we taxpayers pay for but could not even dream about for ourselves. Headington Jim
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6:36pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

And yet 'somebody' keeps voting for these MPs, most of whom do little or nothing for the voters, once elected - much like happens with local government politicians. It seems outrageous that it is these very same national government politicians who 'freeze' the pay and pensions of ordinary people, while topping-up there own pay and pensions, at-will and whenever they feel like it - not to mention fiddling their expenses and thinking they are apparently above the Law. It would never happen under a Labour governnent, of course ......
And yet 'somebody' keeps voting for these MPs, most of whom do little or nothing for the voters, once elected - much like happens with local government politicians. It seems outrageous that it is these very same national government politicians who 'freeze' the pay and pensions of ordinary people, while topping-up there own pay and pensions, at-will and whenever they feel like it - not to mention fiddling their expenses and thinking they are apparently above the Law. It would never happen under a Labour governnent, of course ...... Myron Blatz
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