Bolton MPs hit out at plans to give them a pay rise

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BOLTON MPs have hit out at plans to give them an 11 per cent pay rise.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) announced it is looking to give MPs a £7,600 per year rise from 2015, taking their salary up to £74,000.

Members of Parliament have no way of preventing the pay rise coming into force, which IPSA argues is a way of making sure their wages catch up with others in the public sector.

David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, said it would be inappropriate to receive such a large pay rise during these tough economic times.

He said: “It would be a nonsense if we were given an 11 per cent pay rise. I think that’s the general view of most MPs.

“During such austere times, when there are cuts to services, people in the public sector aren’t receiving a pay rise and the impact of the bedroom tax on many homes — it seems to me to be nonsense that we should be paid more.

“The expenses system as it is currently is not right — we need a different system in place and I think it’s something that needs to be looked into appropriately.”

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling said she was furious about the announcement.

She said: “I’m really angry with IPSA for putting me and other MPs in this situation.

“I and the Labour Party have always said that decisions about MPs pay must be taken in the light of the current economic situation and the cost-of-living crisis facing people up and down Britain.

“This is not the time to propose big pay rises.”

Yasmin Qureshi, who represents Bolton South East, said: “As I understand, this is what IPSA are thinking about, and they have not determined what they will do.

“This issue is also linked with MPs pensions, which are going to be very different to how it used to be.

“Until we know what the full picture is and exactly what they are proposing it’s difficult to comment.

“However I fully understand that people are upset that IPSA is recommending a pay rise when everybody else isn’t getting such a high increase.”

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7:10am Tue 10 Dec 13

By George says...

Clearly the IPSA has categorised MP,s wrongly. To compare an MP with doctors and teachers is a mistake, if you want to become an MP you put yourself up for election, if you win you get a nicely paid job, travel the world and interfere in other countries affairs as though you are an an ambassador for an Empire? Guess what? You do not need a qualification just the ability to talk. So how do we sort this mess?
simple categorise MP,s with community support officers and match the salary, terms and conditions accordingly , bet they won't but all it needs is a private members bill and all party support.
Clearly the IPSA has categorised MP,s wrongly. To compare an MP with doctors and teachers is a mistake, if you want to become an MP you put yourself up for election, if you win you get a nicely paid job, travel the world and interfere in other countries affairs as though you are an an ambassador for an Empire? Guess what? You do not need a qualification just the ability to talk. So how do we sort this mess? simple categorise MP,s with community support officers and match the salary, terms and conditions accordingly , bet they won't but all it needs is a private members bill and all party support. By George

8:44am Tue 10 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

Collectively they cannot reject the pay-rise but individually they can - so how many will reject the pay-rise - thus proving how many are hypocrites!
Collectively they cannot reject the pay-rise but individually they can - so how many will reject the pay-rise - thus proving how many are hypocrites! The Righteous One

8:53am Tue 10 Dec 13

boltonchap says...

BN only two of them hit out at the rise. Qureshi merely said what the process is to award a pay increase.
If they feel strongly opposed to the rise they could publicly donate to a charity for the needy, say food banks.
I won't bet the farm on them actually doing that.
BN only two of them hit out at the rise. Qureshi merely said what the process is to award a pay increase. If they feel strongly opposed to the rise they could publicly donate to a charity for the needy, say food banks. I won't bet the farm on them actually doing that. boltonchap

9:20am Tue 10 Dec 13

Chrome1 says...

We'll fiddle the expenses but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Say NO to a pay increase. Yeah.
We'll fiddle the expenses but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Say NO to a pay increase. Yeah. Chrome1

10:04am Tue 10 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Give them 100k a year and they pay their own expenses.
Give them 100k a year and they pay their own expenses. thomas222

12:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

AndrewMartinS says...

Have any of them actually said that they won't take the pay increase?
Have any of them actually said that they won't take the pay increase? AndrewMartinS

1:18pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

If they do not want the pay increase then they should take it and donate the cash to give us back some credible services.

That makes total sense... were the council has been stripped of funds by the government then the money from all those increases could be used to keep things like Moss Bank Park Zoo open or restore the weekly bins \O/ yay for politics... now that's democracy!!!

So let's all see just how credible an MP is in what he/she states shall we? If they say they don;t want the pay, pump the cash into Bolton's services or get the feck out of Dodge I say... we should run them out for the liars that they would be if they do not.
If they do not want the pay increase then they should take it and donate the cash to give us back some credible services. That makes total sense... were the council has been stripped of funds by the government then the money from all those increases could be used to keep things like Moss Bank Park Zoo open or restore the weekly bins \O/ yay for politics... now that's democracy!!! So let's all see just how credible an MP is in what he/she states shall we? If they say they don;t want the pay, pump the cash into Bolton's services or get the feck out of Dodge I say... we should run them out for the liars that they would be if they do not. Beyond News Forum

5:03pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Balboa says...

Yeah, let's see if they actually do reject the extra money. Doubt it, they'll have their snouts in the trough asap.
Yeah, let's see if they actually do reject the extra money. Doubt it, they'll have their snouts in the trough asap. Balboa

6:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

aardwolf says...

Considering the responsibilities the pay is actually pretty mediocre.
However the 60-70k they get paid is topped up to around 200k after expenses which is clearly absurd.
Considering the responsibilities the pay is actually pretty mediocre. However the 60-70k they get paid is topped up to around 200k after expenses which is clearly absurd. aardwolf

7:16pm Tue 10 Dec 13

orion6 says...

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling said she was furious about the announcement. She said: “I’m really angry with IPSA for putting me and other MPs in this situation. Not sure what to make of this statement, is she furious that such a high pay rise is being proposed or is she furious that IPSA proposals have been made public?
Bolton West MP Julie Hilling said she was furious about the announcement. She said: “I’m really angry with IPSA for putting me and other MPs in this situation. Not sure what to make of this statement, is she furious that such a high pay rise is being proposed or is she furious that IPSA proposals have been made public? orion6

8:31pm Tue 10 Dec 13

orion6 says...

Yasmin Qureshi, “fully understand that people are upset that IPSA is recommending a pay rise when everybody else isn’t getting such a high increase.” She alludes to possible changes in the MP’s pension arrangements, which I understand may involve MPs being required to make higher contributions into their generous pension scheme, if the IPSA proposals are adopted. Yasmin Qureshi would do well to look at life in the Private Sector where pension schemes have been decimated by governments, in particular Gordon Brown’s tax raid on private pension funds. Final salary pension schemes have all but disappeared in the private sector; private pensions are providing pitiful returns, in some cases having been plundered by pension providers. Yet the private sector and many workers in the public sector are expected to carry on regardless, taxed to the hilt, facing ever increasing domestic costs and without the luxury of pay increases. Yasmin Qureshi, should fully understand “that people are upset” because they are still unforgiving following the greedy and untrustworthy behavior of many MPs involved in the expenses scandal. Should MPs accept, what can only be described, in these times of austerity, as an obscene increase in salary then I believe it will show their overwhelming concern for self interest and a complete lack of concern for public trust in the people we elected to govern our land.
Yasmin Qureshi, “fully understand that people are upset that IPSA is recommending a pay rise when everybody else isn’t getting such a high increase.” She alludes to possible changes in the MP’s pension arrangements, which I understand may involve MPs being required to make higher contributions into their generous pension scheme, if the IPSA proposals are adopted. Yasmin Qureshi would do well to look at life in the Private Sector where pension schemes have been decimated by governments, in particular Gordon Brown’s tax raid on private pension funds. Final salary pension schemes have all but disappeared in the private sector; private pensions are providing pitiful returns, in some cases having been plundered by pension providers. Yet the private sector and many workers in the public sector are expected to carry on regardless, taxed to the hilt, facing ever increasing domestic costs and without the luxury of pay increases. Yasmin Qureshi, should fully understand “that people are upset” because they are still unforgiving following the greedy and untrustworthy behavior of many MPs involved in the expenses scandal. Should MPs accept, what can only be described, in these times of austerity, as an obscene increase in salary then I believe it will show their overwhelming concern for self interest and a complete lack of concern for public trust in the people we elected to govern our land. orion6

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