BBC found out that the Prime Minister David Cameron will most probably not succeed to block plans for a big pay rise for MPs.
The salaries of the backbench MPs’ are expected to increase from £66,000 to more than £70,000.
PM did not agree with these plans but he could do nothing to stop these.
In the words of the BBC’s political editor the recommendation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (Ipsa) would make voters angry because the time was such of pay restraints in the public as well as in the private sectors.
Later this month Ipsa is going to announce its initial recommendations. Before it publishes them. MPs and members of the public would be given the possibility to participate in a consultation and right after it finishes the final plans would come into force.
Several newspapers published that the expected increase of backbench MPs salaries is of 15%. Obviously many business documents will be signed before we see it working, but let`s see what the PM thinks.
Speaking in Pakistan, Mr Cameron said:
“Anything would be unthinkable unless the cost of politics was frozen and cut, so I’ll wait and see what Ipsa have to say. What I said to Ipsa was that restraint is necessary.”
Nick Robinson said that in case the government decided to ignore Ipsa’s recommendations MPs would not support its decision.
Last year the Commons agreed to extend the pay freeze into 2013.
However, due to an anonymous online survey 69% of the MPs who were asked were underpaid. They suggested an average salary of £86,250.
Former Labour minister and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee Keith Vaz said: “The last thing on earth MPs should be talking about is their own pay.”