Watchdog suggests MP pay rise of £6k

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A Commons watchdog has recommended a payrise for MPs of £6,000 to £74,000 a year.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is an independent body set up to regulate the pay and pensions of MPS after the expenses scandal.

Now, following a survey of MPs, they announced yesterday to recommend an increase of just over 10 per cent taking the salary of an MP from £66,000 to almost £75,000 after the 2015 election.

But the suggestion of increasing the salaries has been criticised during times of austerity with many public and private sector workers under a pay freeze.

However Sherwood MP Mark Spencer said he didn’t think it was a good idea for MPs to comment on the proposals.

“The whole idea is that IPSA is an independent body so it is their role to decide and not our job to comment,” said Mr Spencer. “But I would encourage people to feed into the process and have their say if they want to.”

IPSA also recommends cuts to perks like meal allowances and taxis and a less generous pension scheme.And ‘golden goodbyes’ to retiring MPs could also be curbed.