Ian Austin has described plans to give MPs an 11% pay increase as “completely bonkers”.
He is urging the independent body behind the proposals – the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) – to “come to their senses” and has pledged to give the extra cash to organisations in Dudley if they do go ahead.
IPSA have proposed to offset the costs of increasing salaries by cutting pension contributions, travel and other expenses for which MPs are able to be reimbursed.
Ian Austin said:
“I think this increase is completely bonkers and I won’t be accepting it.
“I’m from Dudley and being the town’s MP is a huge privilege. It’s a well-paid job, but I earned more before I was an MP so I’m not in it for the money.
“Times are tough for people in Dudley and when so many local families are struggling with the cost of living and others are subject to pay restraint, I’ll use it to increase my support for good causes and organisations in Dudley.”