Email reply from Ed Davey regarding MP’s pay rise

Thank you for your email.

The key point is that these are proposals from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and are not proposals from MPs. There are a range of options being debated, including cuts to the pensions and expenses regime, as a quid pro quo. The Government has said that the total bill for MPs must not rise.

As a Minister, it has already been decided that if the MP component of the salary were to be raised by IPSA, the Ministerial component would be cut back to offset this, in addition to the 5% cut and subsequent freeze this Parliament, to Ministerial salaries announced immediately after the 2010 election.

You may be interested to know that I have deliberately never claimed everything I am entitled to- missing out on thousands of pounds- to make a personal point: I am not in politics for the money. After all, I took a pay cut when I was elected. And I have always voted for pay restraint for MPs.

 

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