Doncaster’s three MPs have said they will donate their controversial ten per cent pay rise to charity.
The pay rise, which will take MPs’ salaries from £67,060 to £74,000 a year and be backdated to May 8, sparked an outcry as it was announced a week after Chancellor George Osborne gave a one per cent pay freeze on other public sector workers.
Expenses watchdog the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) officially confirmed the rise.
Doncaster’s three Labour MPs, Doncaster North’s Ed Miliband, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton for Doncaster Central,said they would help good causes with the money.
Their joint statement said: “It isn’t right MPs should get this kind of pay rise when other working people face pay freezes and ordinary families are seeing their tax credits cut.
“We will donate the extra money to worthy causes.”
IPSA says MPs’ pay will in future be adjusted annually in line with average earnings in the public sector.
Its package of changes also included an end to ‘generous’ resettlement packages, cuts to expenses and giving MPs a ‘career average’ pension in line with other parts of the public sector.
The Star asked MPs in South Yorkshire whether they planned to accept the pay rise or give it to charity.
Sheffield Hallam Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg said he would donate the difference to The Children’s Hospital Charity. Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh said she had decided to increase her charitable donations in line with the pay rise as she disagreed with the increase and ‘constituents are suffering’.Sheffield Central LabourMP Paul Blomfield said he would now ‘give more’ to charity and Sheffield South East Labour MP Clive Betts that he would increase donations.
Stocksbridge and Penistone Labour MP Angela Smith said the timing of the pay adjustment ‘leaves a lot to be desired’ but it was ‘cost neutral’ and decided independently while Harry Harpham, Labour MP for Hillsborough and Brightside, said IPSA was ‘wrong’ to award the rise though it was important it was done independently. Conservative MP Andrew Percy, whose Goole and Brigg seat includes the Isle of Axholme, said he ‘did not want’ a pay rise and if he ended up with more after tax and pension liabilities he would increase donations.