Barking and Dagenham MPs slam pay rise proposal

PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 July 2013

Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge have both slammed a call for a £6,000 pay rise for MPs.

The MPs’ expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, recommended last week that MPs should receive a nine per cent increase, taking them to £74,000 a year.

The plan was condemned by party leaders and MPs including Dagenham and Rainham’s Jon Cruddas and Barking’ Margaret Hodge.

Margaret said: “At a time when everyone else is struggling and public sector workers are facing a one per cent pay freeze, it is completely inappropriate for MPs to be receiving a pay rise.

“It is really frustrating because IPSA is an independent body, ironically, set up after the expenses crisis so the public could have confidence in the system.

“Although there are many MPs who feel the way I do, it doesn’t look like there is anything we can do to stop it.

“If I had the chance to vote against a pay increase I would do so.

Without the power to campaign against the proposal themselves, the MPs urged people to take part in a public consultation on the IPSA website.

“That may be the only way to get them to reconsider,” Margaret added.

Jon commented: “It is pretty simple. Given that in Dagenham and across Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham many thousands of individuals and families are really struggling as their living standards are contracting it is not appropriate that MPs receive such a wage rise.”

Meanwhile on Facebook, Trish True wrote: “I think their pay rises should be capped at inflation. It’s not fair to reward themselves when public sector workers get nothing.”

Over on Twitter, @truma4 wrote: “Jobs lost, no pay rises, bills rising yet MPs allowed to get what they want, we are mugs.”

IPSA also recommended cuts to perks such as meal allowances and taxis, a less generous pension scheme and the end to “golden goodbyes” paid to retiring MPs.

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