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MPs get ANOTHER pay rise as one says 'we shouldn't get it'

Hammersmith MP said politicians shouldn't get a bigger raise than other public sector workers. Vote here on which west London MPs deserve it

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A pay rise of nearly £1,000 has been given the go ahead for MPs - just nine months after they were given a controversial hitch up of £10,000 in pay.

Expenses watchdog Independent Parliamentary Standards Association (IPSA) and the House of Commons agreed on the increase of salaries from £74 000 a year to £74, 962.

MPs risk more public fury as the 1.3% wage bump is due to take affect in April 2016.

Only two of 17 west London MPs approached by getwestlondon responded with a comment on the decision.

A spokesperson for west London Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter said: "Andy has always taken the view that MPs should not receive a higher pay rise than other public sector workers."

MP for Kensington Victoria Borwick said: "Since 2012/13, when MPs voted to freeze their salaries in line with public sector workers, MPs have not been able to set the terms of their own remuneration.

"Instead, it is now the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) to decide MPs' pay.

"All parties agreed in 2009 to set up IPSA so that MPs would no longer have a say in setting their pay and pensions, so this is not a decision for the Government or for MPs, it is solely for IPSA."

Andy Slaughter addresses the Labour rally in Lyric Square, Hammersmith

The Conservative MP added: "There have been other changes to both the expenses and pensions arrangements, which are supposed to account for the additional salary payments."

The most recent pay rise was linked to the average pay rise for public sector workers as projected by the Office for National Statistics.

IPSA Chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said: "In making the decision on MPs' pay we were very aware of the strongly held views of many members of the public and by some MPs themselves.

"We listened to those views and made an important change to the way in which pay will be adjusted annually.

"Instead of linking MPs’ pay to wages in the whole economy, it is now linked to public sector pay.

"Over the last Parliament, MPs’ pay increased by 2%, compared to 5% in the public sector and 10% in the whole economy.

"It was right that we made this one-off increase and have now formally linked MPs’ pay to public sector pay.”

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