Anger over planned pay rise for MPs

Jo Swinson MP
Jo Swinson MP

Local politicians have slammed the announcement that MPs are set for an 11 per cent salary increase after the next election.

The wage hike was proposed recently by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and is currently the subject of a public consultation which closes on October 20.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson urged people to have their say in the consultation, adding: “It’s right that MPs no longer set their own pay, but IPSA need to get real.

“They must take into account that everyone has been suffering a squeeze on their earnings with pay frozen in many cases, and ensure their final recommendations reflect this.”

Meanwhile, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP Tom Clare, said he was “aghast” at the announcement.

He added: “This is a very ill-divided Britain and IPSA seem to want to give MPs preferential treatment. I disagree with their plan and it is insulting to all my constituents who are financially struggling.

“This announcement from IPSA does absolutely nothing to enhance the reputation of politics or politicians; in fact I believe it does the opposite. In no uncertain terms I will be making my views known to IPSA.”

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