MPs from the region have pledged to shun part or all of a proposed 11% post-election pay rise in favour of charity amid a public backlash.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

But some said they would accept the independently set changes, which could see their salaries rise, if they are re-elected in 2015.

The region’s MPs set out their views after senior politicians yesterday condemned the plan being drawn up by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) for a £7,600 hike in MPs’ salaries to £74,000.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell said he would like his small team, along with other public employees, to have a decent increase in their wages, rather than MPs.

But he said Ipsa had failed to provide a proper structure of operating costs, meaning he was subsidising his work to the tune of about £5,000 a year.

“I have not asked for a salary increase. But I would like to be able to operate without me having to use part of my salary to subsidise what I do across my 80-hour, seven-day week,” he added.

He said that if he was re-elected the money would go towards paying some of his operating costs, and he would also donate to causes chosen by him and his wife.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said that if he was re-elected and the proposals were approved he would set up a “locality budget” – similar to those run by Suffolk county councillors.

“I’d make donations to charitable and other appropriate causes in the constituency, details of which would be available for scrutiny on my website,” he added.

But other MPs said they were awaiting full details of the plans. Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley said he suspected that the pension changes would, to an extent, offset any salary increase.

But he acknowledged a salary increase was “highly controversial” when average real take home pay has taken a hit since the 2008 crash.

Harwich MP Bernard Jenkin said that while he would not accept any substantial pay increase before 2015, he would accept whatever rate was paid for the job after the 2015 election.

But he urged Ipsa, which costs £6million a year to run, to make the expenses system simpler, whilst also retaining an independent check on claims saving money.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock and Witham MP Priti Patel would not be drawn on if they would take the pay rise.

Mr Hancock said: “Since I was elected in 2010 I have said that MPs should not set their own pay and that the cost of politics should go down. Ipsa was set up in 2009 so that MPs would no longer have a say in setting their pay and pensions, so this is not a decision for MPs or the Government.”

While Ms Patel said that it was agreed before she become joined parliament that MPs would not have a say in setting pay, adding: “The Government has made it clear in the consultation about MPs’ pay that Ipsa should take into account overall public service pay and pensions restraint when addressing the issue of MPs’ pay.

“I am disappointed that Ipsa has not reflected this view while undertaking their review.”

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer and South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo could not be reached for a comment.

7 comments

  • Interesting point 'Victor SD' concerning the wind turbine. Are you saying that this chum-of-the-wealthy right wing Tory rag did not report the story. What a surprise.

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Problem is they do not seem to be able to operate in the same way as everybody else. MPs should be paid expenses on the same basis as everybody else who is employed. Hotel bills, travel and meals away from home. Staff should be employed directly by the taxpayer and should be limited to what is appropriate, perhaps one assistant per MP. Any others should be employed by the MPs local party. Pay should be fixed by IPSA and if MPs want to give some of it to charity then they can do so like everybody else. What we don't need is all the posturing from MPs every 5 minutes.

    Report this comment

    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • It's a pity they are not paid according to 'performance', they would be paying us !!

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • shame that Mr Aldous did no take the same view when approached to allow a 130m high wind turbine to be built on his land in Wherstead Belstead. Instead he chose to stick his nose in the energy subsidy trough. and rake in our tax pounds into his bank account. Planning permission was sumbitted last week but some how not reported by this newspaper. Will inflict noise and flicker on 1000's of ipswich residents and wiull be seen as far away as Halstead in Essex

    Report this comment

    Victor SD

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • To say they will accept this big pay rise in 2015, whilst telling real workers they have to have no pay rise or at most 1%, just shows what a self-interested hypocritical bunch of people we have governing us. Even some of those who say they will donate to charity know that after one year that will be forgotten and future percentage pay rises, etc will be based on a higher starting level. They think they are smart but not smart enough.

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • What a bunch of hypocrites , telling us we are living in difficult times, many on three day weeks, minimum pay , zero hours contracts, increased fuel bills , they claim expenses, vat increase 20%, they pay their own families increased wages, no wonder politicians are now thought of as low life .

    Report this comment

    this is what we pay tax for

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Who was it who stupidly - and erroneously - claimed , "We are all in this together"? Could that lovely set-up IMPOSING a massive, in these times, salary increase on our unfortunate MPs turn their attention to the old-age pension?

    Report this comment

    Roberta

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...
iwitness24 Your news is our news Facebook Like your local paper Twitter Join the conversation Ipswich Borough Council

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT