MP disappointed over payrise plan

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MP AMBER Rudd is opposing any pay rise for politicians after it was announced they could be in line for an 11 per cent increase.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is recommending that MPs receive a salary of £74,000 in 2015. They currently receive £65,738.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said the public would find it “utterly incomprehensible” if Ipsa defied calls from David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to show restraint.

The Authority also recommended a new pension on a par with those in other parts of public service claiming it will save the tax payer millions of pounds. Resettlement payments worth tens of thousands to MPs would also be scrapped in favour of more modern redundancy packages available only to those who contest their seat and lose. Evening meal allowances would also go.

Ms Rudd said: “I have made it clear I oppose any pay rise. In the wake of the expenses scandal, all parties agreed in 2009 to set up IPSA so that MPs would no longer have a say in setting their pay and pensions. This was the right thing to do and was welcomed by politicians, constituents and press. 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. I am bitterly disappointed that IPSA has not done so. However these recommendations are not final. There will be a further statutory review by IPSA after the election. If I have the opportunity I will oppose the ris