So it would appear that MPs think that their pay should increase.

Ministers have already received a report from the Senior Salaries Review Body, which helps to set MPs’ pay and allowances every three years. It recommends that MPs receive an increase to the basic salary of £60,277 of more than the current rate of inflation, according to an official who has seen it.

The scene is now set for a clash with backbenchers from all parties. Some want their salaries raised to about £100,000, arguing that MPs have fallen far behind equivalent professions.

Over and above the issue mentioned already, that MPs who lose their seats actually find getting work anywhere near as remunerative terribly difficult, there\’s, again as mentioned, the point of supply and demand.

Given that there are at least five applicatns for every seat: and also given that this is a democracy, so that by definition, anyone capable of standing is capable of doing the job, it would seem that we\’re grossly overpaying MPs.

6 thoughts on “MP\’s Pay”

  1. How about adding up the total pay and expenses/allowances MPs are entitled to, and paying MPs 2/3rd of it. Then make MPs pay their expenses, employ assistants etc out of ‘their own pocket’. Just watch how more tightly they control their expenses, and even if they take the whole lot in pay they will still be costing us 2/3rds of their present cost!

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    I’m with Vindico. Better yet why not form a “Average Wage” Party. One that promises to make all future MP pay equal to the average pay across the UK.

    No doubt we could also promise to legislate that the Guardian is not allowed to pay Polly Toynbee any more than the average either. Not only would I vote, I’d take the risk of a pay hit and stand.

  3. Isn’t it the government which has increased, either directly or indirectly, the salaries of “equivalent professions” such as medics (directly) and accountants (indirectly through increased tax complexity. Note also that these equivalent professions sre characterised by no international competition, closed shops, government protection, etc..

    The correct way for MPs salaries to be decided is for each candidate to state (and have clearly printed on the ballot paper), the salary that they will require, if elected (including pension entitlements). That salary would then be paid directly by the electors in their constituency. In this way, the electors can decide on value for THEIR money.

  4. Yet at the last election, they were happy enough, and their pay has risen above the average since.

    They should quit if they don’t like it. Not that many will.

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