Nandy blasts MPs’ £10k pay increase

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy

WIGAN’S MP has hit out at plans to increase her salary by up to £10,000, but has backed the independent body who set the pay scales for MPs.

Lisa Nandy said she does not agree with the proposed plans to increase all MPs salaries by 15 per cent, but insists the current process of allowing an independent body to set MPs’ salaries is necessary.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is expected to say backbench MPs’ £66,000 salaries should increase to more than £70,000 from the election.

IPSA, which was set up as an independent body to regulate MPs’ pay and pensions in the wake of the expenses scandal, is expected to announce its initial recommendations later this month.

Miss Nandy said: “I do not agree with the proposals put forward by IPSA but it is right to point out that, the pay of MPs is now rightly decided by an independent body, IPSA, which has been asked to do a report about a range of issues.

“I am clear that any decision about MPs’ pay must reflect wider economic circumstances, what is happening in the rest of the public sector and the right pay for MPs.

“That is why it is right that MPs have had their pay frozen for several years, given the circumstances facing millions of workers.

“Any decision for an increase in MPs’ pay must be consistent with what is happening to nurses, teachers and others in the public sector as well as conditions in the private sector. Any proposals from IPSA will also rightly be subject to public consultation.”

MPs and members of the public will be able to take part in a consultation before IPSA publishes its final plans - expected in the autumn - which would then come into force without the need for further legislation.

Reports this week suggest its initial recommendations will call for a rise of about 15 per cent in the basic salary of a backbench MP. MPs would, however, have to pay much higher contributions towards their pensions.

Miss Nandy’s views have been backed by the MP for Makerfield, Yvonne Fovargue.

Ms Fovargue said: “The pay of MPs is now decided by IPSA and I am clear the days of MPs determining their pay have gone and it is absolutely right that IPSA is and remains independent of MPs.

“Any decision must reflect wider economic circumstances in the rest of the public sector to nurses, teachers and others as well as conditions in the private sector.”