MP rejects pay rise proposals

HASTINGS MP Amber Rudd has refused outright any possible pay rise to more than £70,000 for herself and her Parliamentary colleagues.

Recent speculation in the national media suggested that MPs were due a large pay rise from their current £66,000 a year salaries.

It was reported the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is expected to approve the pay deal.

The IPSA was created in 2009 by the Parliamentary Standards Act largely as a result of the MPs expenses scandal.

It is tasked with independently monitoring and controlling MPs’ expenses, pay and pensions.

Between October 15 and December 7 last year the body ran a consultation exercise seeking views from the public, MPs and other interested parties on how best to remunerate politicans for their work.

Amongst the key findings were: most people do not understand what MPs do, which fosters animosity and scepticism; negativity towards MPs is entrenched amongst small, vocal groups, but appears to be fragile among the wider public; people would like MPs to be treated like ordinary citizens with regards to their pay and pensions; most people think that an MP’s current salary is broadly fair once they have reflected on the nature of the work and comparative pay scales of other public sector employees.

The IPSA is expected to make a recommendation before Christmas.

Ms Rudd said she was not involved in the debate but was totally against any pay rise.

She said: “Absolutely not. Under no circumstances.

“I want the public to know that we are working on their behalf and I am focused on delivering growth and improvements in Hastings and Rye.

“I am not involved in the debate. If it comes on pay rises or pensions etc, except to say no.

“I have only had one letter on it and I am keen for them to know that this is not the time for increasing costs of politics or increase in MPs salaries. MPs are not asking for this but it may be recommended by the body set up to regulate MPs salaries.

“It is self governing under its own board but I will be utterly consistent that I do not believe we should be considering any sort of pay rise at all. And I will say that at any and every occasion.”

Mark Anderson, spokesman for IPSA, said: “A report will be issued before Christmas allowing the public to comment on any recommendation. There has been no recommendation made as yet.”