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Friday, December 13, 2013

Some commonsense on MPs pay

At last some commonsense on MP's pay with the The Times reporting that the three party leaders have united to call on IPSA to rethink their proposal of an 11% pay rise.

The paper says that they are prepared to back a Commons vote, or even a new law, designed to head off the pay increase for MPs, formally announced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority yesterday.

Although this will once again put the fate of MPs remuneration back into their own hands, it is the right thing to do, at least until IPSA start to understand the economic and political climate they are working in.
MPs need to disabuse themselves of the notion that they are somehow ENTITLED to a high salary. The job is - at least in part - a position of public service and should be paid as such.

Perhaps MPs' salary could be tied to the UK median salary (not the mean because that is distorted by high earners, whereas the median defines the salary at which half are below and half are above)
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