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MPs Want Salary Hike To More Than £80,000
The vast majority of MPs believe they are underpaid and want their salaries hiked by more than £20,000, a new survey has revealed.
Parliament's sleaze watchdog conducted an anonymous survey as it prepared its first public consultation on MPs' pay and pensions.
It revealed that 69% of those questioned want more money and that, on average, they believe they should receive £86,250 every year.
This is a 32% increase on their current salary of £65,738 and more than three times the average salary in the UK.
The survey by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) also found more than a third believe they should keep generous final salary pensions.
Some 35% believe they should keep the final salary system, compared to 36% who believe they should switch to a career average in line with the rest of the private sector.
Ipsa has also now decided that it is not going to look at altering pay based on what MPs earn outside the Commons, or at performance-related pay or regional variations.
In its report, it has confirmed MPs' pay will rise by 1% in 2013 and another 1% in 2014 as the public sector pay freeze in place since 2010 is eased.
Controversially, the survey found 27% of MPs believe their pay should rise by more over the next two years despite benefits and public sector pay being capped at that level.
Some 53% also wanted to bring back so-called "golden goodbyes" worth tens of thousands of pounds that were previously handed to MPs who stood down voluntarily.
YouGov conducted online interviews with 100 MPs on Ipsa's behalf, and weighted the results slightly to represent the Commons by party, gender, year elected,and geography.
Conservatives were the most likely to believe they were underpaid, with 47% saying that was the case. Some 39% of Labour members and 9% of Lib Dems held the same view.
On average, Tories said their salary should be £96,740, while Lib Dems thought the right amount was £78,361 and Labour £77,322. Other parties put the figure at £75,091.
One MP said they should be paid £40,000 or less, 5% said £60-65,000 was fair and 17% went for £65-£70,000. A fifth of those questioned said they should be paid £95,000 or more.
Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Hiking politician's wages at a time of pay freezes, benefit caps and necessary spending cuts would be completely unpalatable to taxpayers.
"To do so would suggest that there is one rule for MPs and another for the rest of the country. There is zero appetite for a pay rise for MPs as borne out by the polling of the public commissioned by Ipsa.
"Most people clearly think that an MP's salary is currently about right."
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis added: "At a time when millions of workers are getting zero pay rises, the idea that MPs believe they deserve a 32% increase is living in cloud cuckoo land."
Ipsa chairman Sir Ian Kennedy, said: "In the past, MPs have agreed their pay and pensions among themselves.
"So this new approach of independent decision making marks a real and important change and is another crucial step in helping Parliament to regain the trust of the public.
"The consultation we held over the autumn has been hugely informative and important in directing our thinking.
"It also serves to show the spread of views and depth of feeling on this issue. We remain committed to listening and I would urge people to get involved in this debate."
The watchdog will continue examining the issues before publishing proposals in the spring, when there will be another consultation.
It plans to publish details of the new remuneration package in autumn this year, and they should take effect from the next Parliament in 2015.
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what do you think?
They're taking the p... Now - cutting benefits and everything else so they can have a big pay rise? They should have expenses stopped and a 1% pay rise or better still made to manage on an average wage like the rest of us if we're lucky
They can always go to work for a living instead and EARN the wage they think they are worth. Make a change. Never see them unless they are after your vote
The vast majority of the UK workers are also underpaid - they haven't had a payrise for more than three years - the difference it they cannot get a payrise by simply taking a bloody vote on it between themselves. Each MP should be paid the average for the area of his/her constituency.
Robbing bleeders! !! Try taking a cut like the rest of the UK!!! Us workers prob work harder than you all sat on your bottoms going here here let's rob the UK so we can have a pay rise.... what are you actually doing to sort out our country.... oh that's right nothing! Pigs!
Who are they comparing their wage to? Footballers and models? Certainly not the average UK resident. Give them Ave natnal earnings and that way pay can be linked to performance. Oh and prorata it while your at it.
d and d Phillips
Thieves, thieves, crooks and thieves......................
Talk about takeing the mick.
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they want what!!!!! a pay rise ok then let them earn it try doing things right and get the country back on its feet can you imagine mps being on performance related pay if so then they would ne earning zero
Thought we were all in it together. So cutbacks dont effect mps??
of course not, they think they are special and want a very big pay rise
So they want £80k! So go and find a job that pays that much!!! They knew what the pay scale was when they applied for the job why moan about it now! If I want more money I have to work longer!!! Now there's a novel idea for our MPs!!!
MPs working longer would mean more legislation, more expense and more interference. The job should be part-time and they should be expected to have a real job as well unless they are ministers. That way thy would keep in touch with the real world and might even learn what life is about.
Thats a vote catcher.
They jest I will do the job for 60k a year as would most on this blog
They need get themselves a new calender, april 1st is still over two months away yet.
Get paid 65 grand a year to ruin the country.....nice work if you can get it.
What the Fudge?
Nothing about this bunch of self serving, incompetent charlatans surprises me any more. False accounting on expenses, lying, lazy jobsworths.
Maybe they should get paid the uk average maybe they would.fight for us a little bit harder overpaid bunch of idiots u only need to listen to how they talk to realise they arent "normal" round my way no one talks like them and ive never met anyone who talks like them lol jokers
Whatever we say now they will still vote themselves a massive pay increase after next election. The IPSA should consult each mp and publish their name and the amount they want,then we the voters can then decide to give them nothing and vote these troughers out. Make the one mp who said 40k or less prime minister,he/she is the only one who takes the job seriously,and not just there to line his/her pockets.
This is nonsense - sheer lunacy! How on earth can these people claim to represent the rest of us? They get long holidays, slope off early on Fridays, and don't have to spend all day every day in the chamber. Contrary to what many people believe, I do think that MPs should have outside interests and even a second job so that they stay in touch with the real world and its problems. There is too much legislation, too much rubber stamping of EU rules, but the most important issues are often overlooked. We should go back to the days when Parliament did not sit in the mornings, but sat afternoons and early evenings - that way they could work elsewhere in the mornings.