Galloway Labour MP Russell Brown has described proposals by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) to recommend a pay rise for MPs of nearly 10 per cent in 2015 as unacceptable.
Russell Brown said: “The assessment of how much an MP is worth in salary is never going to be easy. For too long the issue was ducked and a flawed system of substituting expenses for pay developed culminating in the exposures a few years ago. As a result, MPs rightly handed over the responsibility for regulating salary and conditions to an independent body, IPSA, and this move was widely welcomed by the public. However, I have to say I am really surprised and disappointed at IPSAs recommendations, which are unacceptable at a time when so many families are struggling to get by with either very small or no salary increases at all. I think IPSA have shown an insensitivity to the feelings of people across the country which, ironically probably wouldn’t have happened under the previous system when MPs set their own pay. I also think that it is time that we ended the shocking practise of MPs doing second jobs. In my view, representing your constituents is a full time job. Hopefully, now that IPSA are going to consult on their proposals, they will think again once people respond to that consultation.”