At the TaxPayers’ Alliance, we strongly oppose the big increase in MPs’ pay proposed by the “IPSA” quango. We have set up a petition which you can sign below to support action to scrap the proposed pay hike and ensure that there is proper accountability for future decisions over MPs’ pay. We will send the petition to MPs and IPSA, as part of our response to their consultation.
Reacting to the proposals announced by IPSA this morning, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“The idea of hiking MPs’ pay when everyone else has been suffering such a squeeze on their earnings is totally unpalatable. MPs do an important job and work hard, but they already earn nearly three times the national average and more than most of their European counterparts.
“The extensive research commissioned by IPSA has demonstrated that people think the current level of pay to be broadly fair, so this announcement amounts to an unaccountable quango putting up two fingers to the British public.
“IPSA is right to be reforming the gold-plated parliamentary pensions and cutting golden goodbyes for retiring or defeated MPs, but it beggars belief that they have come up with a plan that will increase the cost of our politicians when everyone’s budgets are under such pressure.
“I hope that IPSA will reflect on the reaction to their proposals and come back with fresh plans which will be acceptable to the taxpayers picking up the bill.”
IPSA commissioned ComRes to undertake extensive public opinion research into the issue of MPs’ remuneration, involving two full surveys of more than 2,000 people, four focus groups and two Citizens’ Juries. The 165-page report from ComRes could not have been clearer in its conclusion:
“Most people think that an MP’s salary is broadly fair once they have reflected on the nature of the work and comparative pay scales of other public sector workers… There is very little appetite for increasing the pay of MPs.”
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We have had a fantastic start to our ‘Stop the Energy Swindle’ campaign, and have held hugely successful street stalls in Bath, Canterbury, Cardiff, and Colchester. Thanks go to Tim Newark, South West Coordinator; Lee Canning, Wales Coordinator; Ian Taylor, our new East Kent Coordinator; and Chris Manby, our new Colchester Coordinator for organising those events. Many thanks too to our supporters for lending a helping hand and handing out hundreds of leaflets promoting the campaign. All of the photographs we have taken at those stalls can be found at the bottom of this post.
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