MP vows to give any pay boost to local charities

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd says he is ‘angry’ over plans to boost MPs’ salaries by 11 per cent – and he plans to give the pay rise to local charities.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) wants to raise salaries by £7,600 to £74,000 in 2015.

IPSA claims the salary has fallen behind other public sector professionals.

Prime Minister David Cameron called the planned pay rise, of £7,600, inappropriate.

The proposed change would take effect in 2015.

Stephen Lloyd MP said, “I am extremely angry that the independent watchdog has chosen to raise MPs’ pay at this difficult time, when many people around the country have been feeling the pinch.

“Allegedly, this independent group were set up to ensure that MPs’ salaries and benefits remain grounded in reality, but instead they have recommended we get a ludicrously over the top increase of £7,600 after the General Election.

“This is hugely irresponsible, and I do wonder whether the Chief Executive of IPSA is deliberately trying to provoke the Great British public.

“I hope that common sense will prevail after 2015, but can categorically state that if I have the privilege to be re-elected by the voters of Eastbourne and Willingdon,

“I will only accept a wage increase in line with average earning increases.

“Any remainder will be given to support good causes, such as the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival, and other local initiatives in my constituency.”

There will be a final review of the plans after the next general election, which is due in 2015. If the proposals are approved, the pay rise will be backdated to the date of the election.