Maldon MP John Whittingdale: 'We should accept pay rise recommendation'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Maldon MP John Whittingdale: 'We should accept pay rise recommendation' Maldon MP John Whittingdale: 'We should accept pay rise recommendation'

Maldon's MP has suggested that an 11 per cent pay rise, which could see him earning an extra £7,500, should be accepted.

John Whittingdale’s basic salary could reach £74,000 at a time when public sector workers’ wages will increase by just one per cent.

Some MPs have suggested they would reject the rise, but Mr Whittingdale has so far refused to make a “commitment” about his pay.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, which has sole responsibility for the decision, has previously announced the rise as a recommendation along with MPs having to pay more into their pensions, some allowances scrapped and cuts to second home claims.

It is expected to announce its final decision tomorrow but it was this week widely reported that the pay rise would be given the go ahead.

Mr Whittingdale said: “All parties agreed in 2009 to set up IPSA following the expenses scandal so that MPs would no longer have a say in setting their pay and pensions.

“This seemed to me sensible as it was clearly wrong that MPs should fix their own pay rate."

See this week's MBS (out tomorrow) for the full story.

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1:15pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Another reason not to vote for him, then...
Another reason not to vote for him, then... Jack222

2:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

paultheuver1 says...

I don't think Mr Whittingdale has to worry about not being re-elected, for he and the Conservatives see the Maldon constituency as a safe seat.
Not because the majority of those who can vote, turn out to vote Conservative. Sadly, the majority don't bother to vote. Regardless of whether this is because they think it's a waste of time or they can't be bothered, means Mr Whittingdale can do and say what he likes. And ongoing apathy will not stop him collecting an 11 percent pay rise in 2015.

Who says votelessness doesn't work...certainly not the beneficiaries...
I don't think Mr Whittingdale has to worry about not being re-elected, for he and the Conservatives see the Maldon constituency as a safe seat. Not because the majority of those who can vote, turn out to vote Conservative. Sadly, the majority don't bother to vote. Regardless of whether this is because they think it's a waste of time or they can't be bothered, means Mr Whittingdale can do and say what he likes. And ongoing apathy will not stop him collecting an 11 percent pay rise in 2015. Who says votelessness doesn't work...certainly not the beneficiaries... paultheuver1

12:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

DontForgetToBreathe says...

paultheuver1

Got no argument with your statement at all other than to say that a choice between a selection of thieves, liars and lunatics is no choice at all.

The sooner a "none of the above" option with a consequence attached for it winning appears the better.
paultheuver1 Got no argument with your statement at all other than to say that a choice between a selection of thieves, liars and lunatics is no choice at all. The sooner a "none of the above" option with a consequence attached for it winning appears the better. DontForgetToBreathe

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