MP says no to 11pc pay rise

10th November 2011' MP Yvette Cooper'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
10th November 2011' MP Yvette Cooper'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has strongly objected to proposals to increase MPs’ salaries by 11 per cent after the next election.

The Pontefract and Castleford MP is opposing the measure, put forward by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), which would raise salaries by £7,600 to £74,000 in 2015.

IPSA said the pay rise would not cost the taxpayer “a penny more” once other changes were taken into account.

However, Ms Cooper said: “I am strongly opposed to this proposal. There’s no way it should go ahead, especially when families across the country are seeing their wages squeezed.

“MPs rightly don’t take decision on their own pay, but the Independent Parliamentary Standards Agency which is responsible for this is getting it badly wrong.

“It has failed to take account of the state of the economy and living standards for everyone else.

“Labour has called for cross-party action to stop the IPSA proposal going ahead.”

The proposed package would see the one-off pay rise, after which MPs’ pay would be linked to average earnings.

It also calls for MPs to produce an annual account of their work and plans to reform MPs’ pensions and tightening up expenses rules.

Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA chairman, said: “We have designed these reforms so they do not cost the taxpayer a penny more.

“When taken with the tens of millions we have saved by reforming the business cost and expenses regime, we have saved the taxpayer over £35m with the changes we have introduced since 2010.”