New report could see MPs get £10k pay rise

Matthew Hancock
Matthew Hancock

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has refused to say whether he would accept a bumper pay rise, despite stating that the cost of politics needs to come down.

In a report due later this month, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is expected to recommend an increase of up to £10,000 to take backbenchers’ salaries to more than £75,000 in 2015.

There have been reports in the national press this week in which some MPs claimed they would reject the pay proposal.

But Mr Hancock and David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, have not been so bold.

Mr Hancock said: “I’ve often said MPs should not set their own pay, and no proposals have yet been published by IPSA, but I’m very clear that we need to bring the cost of politics down.”

Mr Ruffley said: “There are no proposals. We don’t know what the package is. It’s all speculation. The independent standards authority, who decide this, have got to give us a proposal.”

He said he was glad MPs would not be voting on their own pay and conditions as he had always said that was ‘completely wrong’.

“I’m delighted we don’t have to vote on this. I’m certainly delighted it’s an independent authority, but they should get themselves into gear and start saying what they’re recommending, and then I can tell you whether I agree with it or not,” he added.

Ipsa is an independent body, set up in the wake of the 2009 expenses scandal to independently oversee and regulate MPs’ expenses.

It is also responsible for administering and paying MPs’ expenses and salaries.