Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Liberal Democrats On MPs’ Pay

All parties agreed in 2009 to set up IPSA so that MPs would no longer have a say in setting their pay, expenses and pensions. So this is not a decision for the Government nor for MPs, it is solely for IPSA.

The Government made it clear in the consultation that IPSA should take into account overall public service pay and pensions restraint when addressing the issue of MPs’ pay.  We are disappointed that IPSA has not done so.

The recommendations on pay are not final. There will be a further statutory review by IPSA after the election.

We will continue to make the case that IPSA should take into account overall public sector pay and pensions restraint and the cost of politics should go down and not up.