‘We didn’t ask for this pay rise – and it won’t cost you more’ – Sunderland MP

Sunderland MPs Julie Elliott, Bridget Phillipson and Sharon Hodgson.
Sunderland MPs Julie Elliott, Bridget Phillipson and Sharon Hodgson.
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Sunderland’s MPs today said that the 10 per cent rise in salary is not one that they asked for.

The Independent Parlimentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) have announced that members’ pay would increase from just over £67,000 a year to £74,000.

The decision to increase MPs’ pay is not one I have ever called for.

Bridget Phillipson

Sharon Hodgson, whose constituency is Washington and Sunderland West, said: “The decision to increase Members of Parliament’s salaries has been taken by an independent body, which was set up to make sure all pay decisions are taken out of the hands of MPs.

“Although this is a decision we never wanted, it should be noted that the increase will not be costing the taxpayer any more money.”

Julie Elliott, who represents Sunderland Central, said: “The climate in which this decision has been made could not be worse, however, Ipsa was set up to make decisions on MPs pay and expenses independently of MPs and Parliament.

“MPs, therefore, have no say on the package they receive.

“The package is cost neutral to the taxpayer as expenses have been slimmed down and a less generous pension system has been introduced.”

And Bridget Phillipson, who serves Houghton and Sunderland South, said: “The decision to increase MPs’ pay is not one I have ever called for.

“Ipsa has been keen to stress that this is part of a package which will include reductions to MPs’ pensions, resettlement payments and some business costs and won’t cost the UK taxpayer any more.

“But the announcement comes at a difficult time with many households struggling financially.”