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September 6, 2013 / politicsbitesize

MPs’ Pay Rise: An Update

MPsIn August Politics:bitesize reported on the proposed pay rise for MPs’ and called for readers to sign a petition against the increase.  The e-petition, entitled ‘No MP Salary Increase’, has recently reached 47,952 signatures. Because it has passed more than 10,000 signatures, the relevant Government department has provided the following response:

‘In May 2011, responsibility for the determination of Members’ salaries was transferred to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). In handing the determination and administration of MPs’ pay to an independent body, any role for the House of Commons or the Government in setting the level of Members’ remuneration has finally ended. It is for IPSA to decide on Members’ pay now and in the future. In January 2013, the IPSA Board determined to increase MPs’ salaries by 1%, with effect from 1 April 2013 and 1 April 2014. This pay rise is in line with the pay deal for the rest of the public sector. IPSPA are currently considering the long term settlement for MPs’ pay and pensions, which will apply after the general election expected in 2015. Individuals or organisations can respond to this consultation by email to mppayandpension@parliamentarystandards.org.uk, by letter, or by completing the online survey.

Details of the proposals and how to respond can be found on the website www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk. Responses are sought by 20 October 2013. The Government has already set out its views and made it clear that we expect IPSA to take the broader fiscal climate into account when considering the long term settlement, in particular the context of the Government’s approach to public service pay and pensions. This e-petition remains open to signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold.’

To view the response to the e-petition or to add your signature to it please visit: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44225

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