Dec 12 2013 by Georgina Stubbs, Ormskirk Advertiser
WEST Lancashire’s MP has said that she would turn down a potential 11% pay increase.
The recommendations have been put forward by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and could see UK MPs receive the 11% or £7,600 pay rise, taking their earnings to £74,000 in 2015.
Labour MP Rosie Cooper told the Advertiser that she would turn down the increase as outlined at the launch of the consultation by the IPSA.
She added: “I’ve always said it was the right decision to remove the power for MPs to decide their own pay giving this power to an independent body.
“Given the cost of living pressures on so many families both here in West Lancashire and across the country, we cannot have an outcome on this issue that does not command public confidence.
“Ed Miliband has called for a cross-party approach that recognises the current economic circumstances with the constraints on pay in the public sector and conditions in the private sector.”
Chairman of the IPSA Sir Ian Kennedy said the new package proposed at the launch of the consultation represented a fresh start.
He added: “The history of MPs’ pay and pensions is a catalogue of fixes, fudges and failures to act.
“The package we put forward today represents the end of the era of MPs’ remuneration being settled by MPs themselves. For the first time, an independent body will decide what MPs should receive. We will do so in full view, and after consultation with the public.”
The overhaul on pay and pensions as outlined by the IPSA could also see MPs pensions brought in line with the public sector; tighter restrictions on expenses such as evening meals; and the scrapping of redundancy packages – often worth tens of thousands of pounds per MP.