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Dacorum MPs on pay rise proposal: “It’s perverse, but we don’t think it will happen”

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Dacorum’s two MPs have poured cold water on suggestions that an 11 per cent pay rise will be signed off for them this week.

Hemel Hempstead representative Mike Penning has said that if the extra £7,600 does come through, he will distribute it between different charities in his constituency on a monthly basis.

The rise was proposed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) after MPs lost the right to determine their own pay following the expenses scandal.

But Mr Penning said: “I think it’s perverse. We are coming out of a really difficult economic recession, where pay restraint has been a key part of that recovery.

“To then suggest a pay rise is completely and utterly wrong.”

Other media outlets have suggested that IPSA will sign off the increase this week and it will come in from the start of the next Parliament in 2015.

But Mr Penning said: “I think common sense will prevail.”

South West Herts MP David Gauke said as far as he is aware there will have to be further consultation before any decisions are made.

He said: “The current economic situation is one where it’s very difficult to justify a big catch-up in MPs’ pay.”

Both Mr Gauke and Mr Penning believe that MPs should not be allowed to determine their own pay.

But Mr Guake, who is also a Treasury minister, said: “IPSA should take into account the wider economic climate and what’s happening elsewhere in the public sector.”

IPSA’s proposal comes as other public sector workers have had their pay rises capped at one per cent until 2015.

Mr Penning said: “I never thought in my wildest dreams that they would come up with conclusions like that.”

He refused to say how much a fair pay rise would be, but said he previously gave a rise that was above inflation to the Royal British Legion.

When Mr Gauke was asked what feedback he had received about the proposed pay rise, he said: “I am well aware of where the public are on this.”

 

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