Many MPs appeared to believe that the authority would be prepared to increase their salary as part of a new simplified system, with above-inflation increases over the next few years to put them on a par with senior public sector workers. Sir Stuart Bell, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough who sits on the Members Estimate Committee, which previously oversaw MPs’ pay and allowances, said the new independent body should merge expenses with pay.
This was important, he said, “so that in the longer term we can marry pay structures with allowances in such a way that the dreadful allowance system is abolished for all time”.
He added: “I do think we should look at pay in relation to allowances and put ourselves in a situation where MPs will live on their pay and not have to claim any allowances at all, other than travel.”
It\’s mind blowing, isn\’t it?
Can\’t live on £65k a year? Really?
The main thing they\’ve forgotten of course is why the expenses system grew up in the first place. Because everyone agreed that the public would not wear a rise in MP\’s salaries, so they were given the rise disguised, disguised as expenses.