REGIONAL politicians have condemned proposals to give MPs a large pay rise.
An independent panel has recommended that MPs be rewarded with an 11per cent pay increase from 2015 onwards.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is the body created by Parliament to independently oversee and regulate MPs’ business costs and expenses.
The body was set up in 2009, in the wake of the expenses scandals, to take decisions on MPs’ pay and expenses out of their hands.
Clwyd West MP and Secretary of State for Wales David Jones said: “I wholly disapprove of the proposals for an increase in MPs’ salaries after 2015; any such increase should be in line with overall public sector pay increases.
“If re-elected, I would certainly vote against the proposal.”
Mr Jones' opposition was echoed by Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane.
He said: “Wages have been frozen in the public and private sector for the past few years so now is not the time to implement any pay increase for MPs.
“My own personal opinion is that any pay increase should be delayed until after the pay freezes have ended and economic circumstances change and this decision should be made by the independent body not by MPs.”
There was broad agreement though that the process of deciding on MPs pay should stay out of the hands of politicians.
Clwyd South MP, Susan Elan Jones said: “During the summer I encouraged constituents to write in saying MPs shouldn’t have an increase in their pay and that MPs shouldn’t have second jobs and I stand by that.
“The idea of an independent review is a good one, but the problem is you can’t be in a position where public sector workers are having a one per cent increase and MPs are having 11 per cent. It’s wrong and I wouldn’t be supportive of that.”
Mr Ruane added: “Most people are very clear that MPs should not vote on their own pay and so an independent body IPSA was set up, they have proposed a whole package of measures which would be introduced after the 2015 election.”
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