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Fiscal prudence.

The Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB) recommends the rate at which MPs are paid and sets the level of any increase in their salary in line with those in the Civil Service. The SSRB also suggests the amounts paid in allowances to Members of both Houses. The House of Commons has the final say in accepting the recommendations of the SSRB.

It is reassuring to hear that the House of Commons has the final say in accepting the recommendations and they are not in the hands of someone else, someone else who controls the purse strings. 

You only have to go back a year to December 2006 to see how it was reported that MPs were facing a furious public backlash after demanding their pay should rise to £100,000 a year, that was a 66% increase.  Go back another year to December 2005 and they were after a 22% increase.

Backbenchers had written to the independent body which sets their salary, seeking an eye-watering 66 per cent increase on the current £60,277.  Only a staggering 66%.

They claim the huge hike would simply put them on a par with other senior public sector workers such as GPs and council chiefs.

If the MPs had their way, the annual House of Commons salary bill would soar from £39million to £65million. On top of this, the 646 members last year claimed a total of £86.7million in expenses and office allowances – worth an average £134,000 each.

And the cost of running the House of Commons, including all lighting, heating, maintenance, subsidised food and staffing costs means that each MP already costs taxpayers a total of £726,000 a year.

At the end of the day many of them do not appear to have had a proper job for most of their working (in the loosest sense) lives. Bring back the likes of Martin Bell.

Most work at Westminster for only 31⁄2 days a week and no longer have to stay for regular late-night sittings which were abolished three years ago.

Members can claim salaries for researchers, secretaries and other staff as well as travel on official business, office costs, stationery, postage and computer equipment.

They are allowed to claim for 350 miles of travel every month without submitting receipts apparently.

Nice if you can get a job there.

In March of this year it was reported that MPs had awarded themselves an extra £6.5 million of taxpayers’ money to fund what was condemned as their own ‘shameless self-promotion’.

Every MP will be entitled to claim an extra £10,000 a year in expenses to ‘communicate’ with their constituents.

Gordon Brown, chancellor at the time, was facing the prospect of a wave of strikes after he slammed the brakes on years of bumper pay rises for health workers and other public sector staff. He announced below-inflation pay awards for nurses, doctors, dentists, civil servants and prison officers.

Even more recent in July of this year MPs were accused yesterday of showing ‘contempt’ for taxpayers after it was revealed that they submitted inflation-busting expense claims last year. The total paid out to MPs to cover the cost of travel, pensions, staffing, and general expenses rose from £90.5million in 2005-2006 to £95.5million last year – a rise of 5.5 per cent.

Everyone else has to save money to pay for this it seems. Of course the Government would never santion this as it would not be deemed fiscal prudence.

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