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Author Topic: Can an MP 'refuse' a pay rise?  (Read 738 times)

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Can an MP 'refuse' a pay rise?
« on: 09 June, 2015, 04:10:33 PM »
Our local MP claims to have refused a pay rise, but is this even possible or is this just political gesturing?  If your pay packet includes more money that you were expecting (yet it is what you are supposed to be paid), how can you 'refuse' a portion of it?

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Re: Can an MP 'refuse' a pay rise?
« Reply #1 on: 09 June, 2015, 04:47:38 PM »
No, they can't refuse to accept a pay rise and according to the extract below, they are aware that they cannot even though they say they will refuse it.

" MPs will have to donate to local groups because Ipsa says there is no way of refusing a pay rise. The regulator also tells me that there is no way of returning the extra money, and therefore you must take the money, which you are then of course free to donate as you wish. Burnham and Creasy clearly recognise this, but how many other MPs, declaring grandly that they are going to ‘turn down the pay rise’, are aware that while this sounds great, it is in fact impossible? Once the pay rise comes into effect, we are likely to see a number of statements of charitable giving from MPs keen to point out that they are not using the extra cash to feather their own nests, but their income will still go up, whether they like it or not."

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/06/can-mps-really-refuse-a-pay-rise-anyway/

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Re: Can an MP 'refuse' a pay rise?
« Reply #2 on: 09 June, 2015, 05:28:58 PM »
No, they can't refuse to accept a pay rise and according to the extract below, they are aware that they cannot even though they say they will refuse it.

" MPs will have to donate to local groups because Ipsa says there is no way of refusing a pay rise. The regulator also tells me that there is no way of returning the extra money, and therefore you must take the money, which you are then of course free to donate as you wish. Burnham and Creasy clearly recognise this, but how many other MPs, declaring grandly that they are going to ‘turn down the pay rise’, are aware that while this sounds great, it is in fact impossible? Once the pay rise comes into effect, we are likely to see a number of statements of charitable giving from MPs keen to point out that they are not using the extra cash to feather their own nests, but their income will still go up, whether they like it or not."

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/06/can-mps-really-refuse-a-pay-rise-anyway/

So, Mr Cameron knows full well that MPs legally can't refuse a pay rise...but makes a huge song and dance about urging them to?

Result? He gets good sound bites all over the media and MPs get to run to the bank to deposit their fat pay rises. All as normal.

Is this what is called 'politics'?
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Re: Can an MP 'refuse' a pay rise?
« Reply #3 on: 09 June, 2015, 05:33:25 PM »



So, Mr Cameron knows full well that MPs legally can't refuse a pay rise...but makes a huge song and dance about urging them to?

Result? He gets good sound bites all over the media and MPs get to run to the bank to deposit their fat pay rises. All as normal.

Is this what is called 'politics'?

NO - just plain bull muck
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Re: Can an MP 'refuse' a pay rise?
« Reply #4 on: 09 June, 2015, 11:02:29 PM »
Interesting, I thought it would be a variation of their contact of employment which needs mutual agreement between employer and employee to change