City MPs against planned pay increase in 2015

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Both the city’s MPs have said they would give some of their planned 11 per cent pay rise to charity if it is implemented in 2015.

Currently the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has plans to increase MPs’ pay by 11 per cent in 2015.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron said the proposals were ‘unacceptable’ before saying the IPSA need to ‘think again’ before submitting new proposals.

The non acceptance of the pay rise has received cross party support nationally.

MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, said: “If the IPSA was to implement a pay rise in 2015, it has said that it will automatically pay the increase to MPs whether they want it or not.

“I already donate a good sum from my salary to good causes, but if the package of changes leaves me better off, this will allow me to donate even more.”

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “I have made my views clear before that it is vital that the cost of politics should come down and that I would not accept a pay rise out of step with other public sector workers.

“I note the current proposal will not come into force before May 2015 and crucially that there will be a further review in 2015 before any pay rise is implemented.

“I hope this further review will deliver a more appropriate proposal and will be asking IPSA if they will implement measures that will facilitate MP’s to make charitable donations at source from their pay.”