I plan to give £7,600 pay rise to charity, says MP

Evesham Journal: I plan to give £7,600 pay rise to charity, says MP I plan to give £7,600 pay rise to charity, says MP

PERSHORE’S MP is prepared to give a proposed pay rise to charity.

Harriett Baldwin has revealed she is not willing to accept a rise of £7,600 as residents are suffering pay freezes or small increases of one or two per cent.

The Conservative said the only way a rise could be justified would be by cutting 50 MPs, so the 600 who remained would get much heavier workloads.

Amid mounting anger over the expected pay hike, she also believes the body that is calling for it should be scrapped.

A report is due out on today from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), suggesting the 11 per cent rise should take force from 2015, taking their pay to £74,000. The authority wants to make up for it by cutting pensions and other perks – saying wages in Parliament have been frozen for too long.

But Mrs Baldwin said she would give away her rise.

“If IPSA succeed in pushing through this measure and I am re-elected in 2015, I look forward to supporting local charities even more than I already do,” she said.

“I wrote into the consultation and said that given the fact that public sector pay is being restrained in the way that it is, we should only have the same sort of increases as average public sector [workers] are having.”

She also said old Conservative plans to cut the size of parliament from 650 MPs to 600, which fell apart after a lack of Liberal Democrat support, should have been accepted.

She said the independent body, which was set up in 2009 after the expenses scandal, now costs £6 million per year when it could be done by a private company “for a fraction of the cost”.

Downing Street has tried to kick the issue into the longgrass by saying it will be reviewed in 2015.

Meanwhile, other Worcestershire MPs have refused to make the same offer, saying any decisions over pay are made independently.

Worcester’s MP Robin Walker said: “It shoudn’t be our decision, the whole point of this was to take it out of our hands. I have done no lobbying, either for or against a pay rise.”

Wyre Forest MP Mike Garnier, said: “IPSA has to decide what MPs get and we can’t interfere – if it’s going to work, it must work in both directions.”

Evesham’s MP Peter Luff said he would make no comment as he is retiring in 2015

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