MPs fear pay backlash

By Joe Churcher

Published: 09/12/2013

Senior politicians yesterday condemned a “wholly inappropriate” plan to increase MPs’ pay by 11% as they sought to avoid a backlash from voters.

The independent body given responsibility for Westminster pay and perks in the wake of the expenses scandal is pressing ahead with plans to boost salaries by £7,600 – to £74,000 – after the 2015 general election.

That is significantly lower than the £86,250 average figure MPs told the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) they deserved in a anonymous survey earlier this year. A fifth of those questioned said they should get £95,000 or more.

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