Hartlepool MP will give his £7,000 pay rise to charity

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright says he will donate his 10% pay rise to charity.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) confirmed that MPs’ salaries will increase by £7,000 a year from £67,060 to £74,000.

I don’t think this is acceptable and therefore will be donating to charity.

Iain Wright

That is despite the rest of the public sector being capped at just 1% four years, as announced in last 
week’s budget.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright previously called the proposal “ridiculous” when it was first mooted in 2015.

Today he said: “My views from before the General Election haven’t changed and remain the same now.

“I think this is a damaging proposal that will cause alienation between MPs and the electorate.

“IPSA, the independent body which sets MPs’ pay, should have taken this into account, rather than riding roughshod and ignoring the views of the country.

“I don’t see how this can be acceptable, especially as the Chancellor announced further pay restraint of 1% for public sector workers over the whole of this Parliament. As I stated before the General Election, I don’t think this is acceptable and therefore will be donating to charity.”

In pushing ahead with the increase, Ipsa said the issue could no longer be “ducked”. But the watchdog climbed down on plans to link their pay to UK-wide average earnings in future, a move that could have left MPs £23,000 better off by 2020. Instead they will be restricted to average rises in the public sector.

It will be backdated to May 8 and tied to cuts in pensions and expenses. Politicians elected before 2015 will also see a major boost to their pensions as they are based on final salary.