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Politicians want a 32 per cent pay increase
1:00pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 in News
MPs are after a 32 per cent pay rise after saying £65,000 a year is not enough.
A new survey has revealed 69 per cent believe they are underpaid - with the average parliamentarian asking for £86,250.
One in 12 want more than £100,000 and just six per cent reckon their current pay is too much.
The findings, by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), have been attacked by critics, who say they are out of touch.
Redditch MP Karen Lumley did participate in the survey and voted no for a pay rise saying she believes she gets a fair days pay for a fair days work.
She said: “I am of the firm belief that in these difficult times, when MPs are making the difficult decisions needed on pay across the public sector that we ourselves should not be exempt from this.
“Many of my constituents are going through a difficult time and I believe that as an MP it would not be right to increase pay now.”
About 100 anonymous MPs took part in the survey by IPSA, which was tasked by PM David Cameron with shaking up pay and pensions following the expenses scandal.
It has confirmed MP’s salaries will rise by one per cent both this year and in 2014, taking it to £67,060 by then.
Their pay has been frozen since 2010.
Mrs Lumley added: “Being the MP for Redditch is a great honour and privilege and I enjoy being able to serve the people immensely.
“It is the hardest job I have ever had. It is not just a job but a way of life.”
Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, attacked the findings, saying they are completely wrong.
He said: “This poll shows how totally out of touch they are.”
What MPs can also get on top of their salary
- £15 towards an evening meal if the House of Commons sits past 7.30pm
- If they are travelling on parliamentary business, £80 for taxis and £150 per night for a hotel or B&B
- For those MPs outside of London up to £20,000 a year in rent
- Up to £22,000 office costs, travel expenses, costs towards a second home and a pension