LETTER: MPs and their pay increase

Reference your article in the Herald about MPs’ pay [November 6]. In the 1970s a statutory body, the Independent Doctors and Dentists Review Body, was set up by the Government. Its purpose was to carry out annual reviews of pay and conditions for NHS doctors and dentists. Never, ever, were the recommendations made by this body fully implemented.

Contrast this with the body which decides, amongst other things, upon MPs’ remuneration, IPSA. This also is a statutory body but it differs from the earlier body as its recommendations are mandatory. So despite the hand-wringing of some MPs who said they wanted to decline the increase it was ‘forced’ upon them. How curious!

Alan Seaton

Hyde Tynings Close

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