MP's pay rise pledge

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 9, 2013


MP ANDREW Turner has pledged to donate any pay rise during the next parliament to good causes.

The Isle of Wight MP was responding to reports changes to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) system could mean MPs would not have a say in setting their pay and pensions and that they could be in line for an 11 per cent rise.

Mr Turner said: "My own view is that such a move would be both ill-judged and ill-timed and I hope IPSA will reconsider. They should have taken overall public service pay and pensions restraint into account when making their recommendations.

"I await the detailed proposals, but in any event they will not be final.

"There must be a further statutory review by IPSA after the next election. However, if these reports are correct and there is no way to refuse it, I would pass the increase I receive from such a large pay rise to good causes on the Island for the duration of the next Parliament."

MPs earn a basic wage of £66,396. According to the 2011 Census the median gross salary on the Isle of Wight was £17,701.


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by Den Young

11th December 2013, at 06:16:40

well John that bares up my earlier comment

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by John James

10th December 2013, at 17:40:11

If they wanted rid of IPSA they could easily get rid of it but they don’t because they are a convenient scapegoat. Incidentally AT expenses for 2012 were wait for it, £163K and his salary was 65k + 8K in additional payments. I don’t know about anyone else but I certainly don’t feel like im getting nearly a quarter of a million pounds worth of value.

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by Valerie Ching

10th December 2013, at 14:15:55

IPSA handed MPs a poison chalice - I would love to know what IPSA personnel are paid. Clearly enough to turn them barking mad. No way MPs rise should be more than the 1% that is being dealt out to the rest of the country. Alternatively they could have the £2.90 real terms cash weekly rise given in the Old Age Pension. Just under £12 a month before any tax due.

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by kevin froment

9th December 2013, at 22:38:37

this country is a business, cameron is at present in charge, under him are his board of directors then us, the workforce, if any other business was run the way this country is it would have been investigated by the fraud office countless times, i understand the logic of paying top money for top men but most mps are simply members of the public interested in politics, how do they rate a pay packet like that

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by Den Young

9th December 2013, at 19:00:59

Sue charity for certain MPs starts at home

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by Den Young

9th December 2013, at 18:59:18

dead right Matthew couldn't have put it better myself, the sooner AT is out to graze the better, unless of course he sorts the ferries and that aint going to happen.

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by sue allen

9th December 2013, at 18:54:49

How about donating all the expenses and heating bill money! Also It's so wrong to shout about giving to charity, no-one needs to know.... Just do it.

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