Caerphilly MP Wayne David says no to pay rise
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has reacted strongly to suggestions that MPs may be offered a £10,000 pay increase.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is considering awarding Members of Parliament a hike of £10,000 to their salaries after the 2015 General Election. This would take a Member of Parliament’s salary to over £76,000.
Mr David believes that the only salary increase should be 1%, in line with public sector workers. If MPs were awarded £10,000 Mr David says that he would give the increase to a registered local charity. This may be necessary because MPs are not allowed to vote on their own salaries.
Mr David said: “It is quite wrong that the Standards Authority is considering such a huge increase in MPs pay, especially at the time when most people are seeing a sharp reduction in their standard of living. I feel very strongly about this.
“Frankly, if any MPs want to earn such a large salary, then they should think seriously whether they should be MPs.”
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