Pay rise 'can’t come soon enough' says Harpenden MP Peter Lilley

Pay rise 'can’t come soon enough' says Harpenden MP

Harpenden MP Peter Lilley.

St Albans MP Anne Main refused to comment on the issue.

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Harpenden’s Peter Lilley has shown his support for a potential pay rise for MPs.

The politicians, who are currently paid a basic rate of £66,396, could be given an increase of between £10,000 and £20,000 under new recommendations.

This would make their salary more than three times the national average of £26,500.

They also receive expenses which could include covering the costs of running an office, employing staff, having a home in London and their constituency and travelling between the two.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), which has set MPs wages since the 2010 general elections, is currently looking into the issue and the final wage will be announced along with the rest of the package in autumn.

An anonymous consultation into pay and pensions carried out by IPSA found that 69 per cent of MPs think they are underpaid and on average suggested that salaries should be £86,250.

Although Mr Lilley said that he personally does not need the pay rise, he said that newer MPs needed the extra cash.

The Conservative politician said: "There has never been a right time for MPs to have a pay rise.

"In very few jobs would you have to run two houses.

"Some of them are struggling to survive because of the costs that are involved with running two homes and transporting families back and forth.

"As far as I’m concerned I think it can’t come soon enough."

He also stated that the government has to offer a competitive wage to attract good MPs from public and private sector jobs.

He said: "We have to pay them something that is not that much below what they were previously getting."

St Albans MP Anne Main refused to comment on the issue.

Other MPs in neighbouring areas disagree with Mr Lilley’s view, believing that a pay rise would not be in keeping with the current economic climate.

Richard Harrington, Conservative MP for Watford, said: "I think it is wrong for members of parliament to have pay rises when members of their constituency haven’t.

"I think it sends out the wrong message. We have to be in the same position as them.

"At the moment people are not getting pay rises so I think it is wrong for MPs to."

Mike Penning, whose constituency includes Kings Langley, said that he will donate any pay rise he receives to charity.

In the past the Conservative politician has donated pay rises to the British Legion.

He said: "I don’t think it should be anything to do with us.

"I don’t think MPs should have any say on it what so ever.

"If it is put through I will find a good cause for it to go to."

David Gauke, MP for South West Hertfordshire, refused to say directly whether he was for or against the rises.

However he said: "I think it is right that we move away from the system where MPs can determine their own pay. It should be set by an independent body.

"And that body needs to reflect the general economic conditions.

"It needs to be sensitive to what is happening elsewhere."

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5:36pm Fri 24 May 13

connorb1993 says...

You are kidding me right?! His Expenses which he's allowed to claim practically means his salary is entirely Disposable!

He has annual leave longer than School Children do also!

You sent me a letter about being Open to all suggestions... Cut your salary to the National Average!
You are kidding me right?! His Expenses which he's allowed to claim practically means his salary is entirely Disposable! He has annual leave longer than School Children do also! You sent me a letter about being Open to all suggestions... Cut your salary to the National Average! connorb1993
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5:44pm Fri 24 May 13

Hitchinbird says...

Once again our MP showing he's completely in touch with how his constituents feel......
Once again our MP showing he's completely in touch with how his constituents feel...... Hitchinbird
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7:37pm Fri 24 May 13

lovffc says...

Your a joke peter lilly, try running a house on min wage, i am not going to write any more as feel it will turn nasty.
Your a joke peter lilly, try running a house on min wage, i am not going to write any more as feel it will turn nasty. lovffc
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9:01am Sat 25 May 13

mikex says...

Show me a 'hard working family' which gets a 15% pay rise. Hypocrites.
Show me a 'hard working family' which gets a 15% pay rise. Hypocrites. mikex
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4:51pm Sun 26 May 13

Relco72 says...

Out of touch moron, try living on a plebs wage. Prat
Out of touch moron, try living on a plebs wage. Prat Relco72
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2:05pm Wed 29 May 13

crazy cyclist says...

Typical Tory nonsense as usual, sooner we get these idiots out the better.
Typical Tory nonsense as usual, sooner we get these idiots out the better. crazy cyclist
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9:07am Sun 16 Jun 13

Hindsight Man says...

The **** blatant nerve of it. This is a total Sherrif of Nottingham scenario. Steal from the poor to give to themselves, the rich.

They are all hellbent on throwing the innocent sick, handicapped,vulnerab
le and the disabled into total destitution by stealing their benefits which is for many their only source of income and by falsely generalising and branding all as scrounging thieves, but then the money they take away is about to go straight back into their own greedy pockets

They already get paid more than enough. This is absolute criminal and proof that the Tories are the REAL greedy grasping scroungers in society. I hope they burn.

Who the hell voted these dangerous cretins in power?
The **** blatant nerve of it. This is a total Sherrif of Nottingham scenario. Steal from the poor to give to themselves, the rich. They are all hellbent on throwing the innocent sick, handicapped,vulnerab le and the disabled into total destitution by stealing their benefits which is for many their only source of income and by falsely generalising and branding all as scrounging thieves, but then the money they take away is about to go straight back into their own greedy pockets They already get paid more than enough. This is absolute criminal and proof that the Tories are the REAL greedy grasping scroungers in society. I hope they burn. Who the hell voted these dangerous cretins in power? Hindsight Man
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