February 8th, 2012

IPSA Freeze Members’ Pay

IPSA say that MPs pay will be frozen for 2012/13. Good.

Meanwhile the subsidy in their food and drink is up by £87,000 to £5.8m.

So on top of their salary, pensions and expenses, they each just shy of ten grand extra from the taxpayer. All in it together…


99 Comments

  1. 1
    Nigel says:

    Not good, there pay should be cut to 26k.

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    • 3
      Selohesra says:

      And thats for those that turn up – those that skive off or sulk should have all pay/benefits stopped

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    • 5
      meme says:

      Re Gordon Brown revision of PM History site

      http://www.number10.gov.uk/history-and-tour/past-prime-ministers/

      What a contrast between Major whose record talks of failures and decline and complaints….. seems Major happy with a fair and reasonable history…

      Brown – not one word of derision or issue – its as if no one was unhappy – did he not have a crushing defeat as PM ?????????

      Clearly he would not allow one word of complaint in his record…..

      dream on gordo!!!!!!!

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      • 9
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        Well of course not.

        A failed MP is an oxymoron.

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        A two bob revisionist hack says:

        This is entirely consistent with the dear leaders time in office when, not only did he end boom and bust, he selflessly saved the world itself.
        The great helmsman, was a giant among the international community too, why even Barack Omaha himself, chased our visionary through the kitchens, just to get a few words of comfort and wisdom.
        When such giants leave the field, it is only fitting that the record shows their unchallengable contribution to humanity.

        We were blessed to have Gordon Brown as the father of freedom and prosperity, in our land and in this world, with us.

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        • 39
          Archbishop Rowan Williams says:

          Amen

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          • Synic says:

            Feck off out of politics you turbulent priest. Concentrate on swapping fairy stories with your gullible fellow believers.

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        • 89
          Kim Il Sung says:

          But our dear leader is “I’m so ronery”. Quite what GB does now he no longer gets replies to his ‘sexts’ to Kim Jong-Il I don’t know… boo hoo… So Ronery… snif!

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    • 7
      Michael says:

      Why? For the average wage? Do me a favour, whilst their are undoubtably bad pennies among them – Could you do the hours / travelling of a good constituancy MP for £26k? I couldn’t

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      • 31
        Archer Karcher says:

        Bad pennies?

        How about 200+ crooks.

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      • 63
        yeah, right.. says:

        Perhaps. But now the noble Lord Prescott of Cloned Visacard is in the Lords, surely MP’s food subsidy can be reduced?

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      • 78
        GVJ says:

        Hello Handycock. The bad spelling and awful grammar are a dead giveaway. Ignoramus.

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      • 81
        HM Duke of Edinburgh says:

        Michael; or should I say Handycock, you should be one of the first to be locked up and to intimate that you are a good constituency (not constituancy) MP is beyond belief. It is about time that someone did an audit on your sex trips to eastern europe and made you pay the fleeced taxpayer back. Crook.

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    • 14
      I don't need no doctor says:

      or maybe minimum wage?

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    • 19
      AC1 says:

      Easiest option. Let MPs write in the pay they desire and have it appear on the Voting slip.

      It’s paid by an visible line item addition on council tax.

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    • 21
      AC1 says:

      Easiest option. Let MPs write in the pay they desire and have it app34r on the Voting slip.

      It’s paid by an visible line item addition on council tax.

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    • 52
      Anonymous says:

      There is one problem they are on expenes and not on allowances hence not taxed, we have been here before in the early 80’s Maggie put the darlings on a pay freeze but gave a nod and a wink to expenses and what did the little darlings eventually do, they started buying or paying for moat cleaning, duck houses, flipping houses etc

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      • 59
        AC1 says:

        I seem to remember a lot more Labour MPs actually getting charged. Not sure the “blame fatcha” is going to work here.

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        • 98
          Anonymous says:

          It started with Thatcher but if you read on it indicates the little darlings went overboard far more than Maggie intended until we ended up with the expenses scandle and that would have been allowed to carry on if the whistle had not been blown on them, and the baton taken up by Guido and others. How moat cleaning and duck houses equates with HoC work beats me, true more Liebore ex mps have been sent down but if you notice the expenses business has gone very quiet.

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  2. 2
    Radical, Not Extreme... & VERY Slim & Sexy !! says:

    their

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  3. 4
    Leveson says:

    All quite now ’till Heather Mills gives evidence,

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  4. 6
    Tag Watch says:

    Snouts in trough tag?

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      Spartacus says:

      5.8 million divided by 650 is nearly 9,000 pounds – in subsidy.

      and they only attend half the time.

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  5. 8
    Jess The Dog says:

    Check out the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report when it is published this Spring.

    Food and quarters charges will increase, above inflation, as usual. Contribution in lieu of council tax as well.

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    • 17
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      Yes, but we know why.

      You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
      We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
      Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
      The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
      For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
      But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
      An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
      An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

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    • 76
      anonymous says:

      don’t worry mate, after they’ve bombed syria and then iran – all for our benefit mind everyfin will be okay again

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  6. 10
    Leveson says:

    “We noticed how few people were posting on your Blog whilst you were giving evidence Mr. G , can you perhaps enlighten us as to why that might be?

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  7. 11

    This is another slap in the face for the hard working,no pay or subsidy given vast majority of the population.If you have a job you should consider your self fortunate.The ‘Westminster Bubble’ in play yet again.Because they deserve it.The majority are time serving leeches who do the minimum and claim the maximum.Bit like our local council-Sunderland.

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    • 15
      Michael says:

      In your wide experiance I am sure you are correct – If you experiance is limited to a few, or dare i say none – your a fool

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      • 23
        Selohesra says:

        With your poor spelling/grammar are you really 8illy in disguise?

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        • 27
          Michael says:

          I’m afraid not, just busy and thought that as it was a blog comment and not a formal letter that spelling and grammer would not be a problem – i suppose i neglected to consider those with leiitle better to do but snipe on such things of no real consequence to the point made – ho hum

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          • Michael says:

            bugger – i meant little – lol

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          • Four-eyed English Genius says:

            and grammar!

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          • Moses says:

            Hiya Handycock. Blogging on here now with your iPad, bought with taxpayer’s money. Just like when you started blogging in your local newspaper, anonymously. Do you really want the whole world to know just how uneducated you really are? The awful spelling and impossible grammar are a dead giveaway.

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          • GVJ says:

            Hello Michael or should I say Handycock. As Moses says, your awful spelling and ungrammatical syntax are a dead giveaway. Boaz

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          • Handycock is the most uneducated and illiterate MP in the House of Commons says:

            Just looks at his posts as ‘Michael’ above.

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          • Am I wrong? says:

            I thought that honour went to Mr Lammy or possibly Di the raseist

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  8. 13
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    And any MP with a second job should have their parliamentary salary cut pound for pound.

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  9. 18
    Carter, Fuck £hillings, and Pence says:

    We are still “chasing you” Guido

    We will get you one day

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  10. 22
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Could someone freeze Jack Dromey. The twat is spewing out drivel on BBC Parliament. Dromey sums up dumbed down labour.

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  11. 24
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why the fuck is my comment at 3:12 moderated. Moderation is fucking useless.
    Leveson will be informed immediately!

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  12. 25
    Lord Madoff Mandelson says:

    Of course we are all in this together

    Since leaving the sunk Labour government and the mad Gordon Brown, I have bought an £8 million house and my earnings have risen 6,000%. That is why it will be difficult to find out who my clients are and I will continue to avoid doing so in the House of Lords

    BTW Good news about Harry renknapp

    OOOf…All my offshore earnings…and can you imagine Tony’s ?!

    ROFL

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  13. 26
    Rachel Reeves says:

    DUNT GIVE THE FUCKERS A BONUS

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  14. 29
    annette curton says:

    Is this the unacceptable face of troughers?, no more pie predators.

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  15. 32
    Jane Birkin form Paris says:

    I have never pretended that I am the brightest girl in town but I have just calculated you are paying these bastards close to 9k each a year to stuff their faces.

    someone is having a laugh and it ain’t me.

    when in opposition Huntfeatures Cameron even called a Press Conference to publicize some ‘pinprick’ policies of his to tackle the National Debt.

    Doing away with subsidized food was one of them.

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    • 34
      nellnewman says:

      Subsidised food yes but don’t forget the subsidised bars for beer, wine and spirits . That also must be stopped.

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    • 36

      A propos something less gutwrenchingly boring than “Leaves it On ” , does anyone really believe Cameron will be taking Lansley out to Smithfield Market tomorrow at sparrowfart to arrange for an itinerant market porter to do Andy away with his trusty meat cleaver ? Cheaper than wasting a cartridge by
      ” taking him out and shooting him ” Vero o no’ ??

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    • 54
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Yet again, you can’t really be in Paris.

      UK politicans are bloody amateurs.

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  16. 37
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    MP’s will starve because of this.

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  17. 38
    Rinka Scott says:

    Just wonder how much that Kennedy person gets paid for monitoring all this.

    give them all an annual allowance of 15,000 pounds plus an iPad plus a loan for a British Rail season ticket and the entire system would be cheaper transparent and far less cumbersome.

    P C Plod would find it very hard to start any criminal trials too which would save us a lot of money at source.

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    • 48
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      They’re really pushing the fact that giving iPad’s to every MP would save a lot of paperwork. Does this mean they’ll get rid of the secretaries and save the taxpayer extra salaries, then?

      Doubt it.

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  18. 41
    Desperate Dan says:

    After BBC executives’ salaries were frozen or cut, their expenses went up 20%. Let’s hope someone is keeping a close eye on MPs expenses.

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    • 49
      annette curton says:

      You should know, just eaten two cow pies and they are still hungry.

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    • 51
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      There is someone keeping an eye on MP’s expenses – they keep an eye on their own expenses.

      Just to make sure they don’t get caught claiming for something twice.

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  19. 42
    Popcorn time. says:

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  20. 43
    nellnewman says:

    So they’ll freeze the pay. Subsidised food and drink bills and expenses claims will simply explode upwards instead.

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  21. 44
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    ”He had also been issued with injunctions in three jurisdictions on behalf of politician Zac Goldsmith and his sister, Jemima Khan but said the pair received a judicial rebuke from an Irish High Court judge over the case.

    “This was before she [Ms Khan] became a freedom of information campaigner,” he added.”

    LOL classic.

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  22. 46
    Rinka Scott says:

    Acouple of years ago one of the Hunts had a problem with wisteria growing up his chimney.

    He called in a man to eradicate the problem

    Although this particular Hunt is a millionaire several times over when he got the bill he said to himself ‘fuck this’ and sent the bill to the good old taxpayer to pay which duly happened.

    Later when the Hunt heard the old bill were sniffing around he repaid the money thinking this would be the end of the matter.

    My e mails to the Hunt remain unanswered.

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    • 50
      T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

      Didn’t he shred his expenses ???? HAHAHAHAHA !

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    • 55
      annette curton says:

      I would have gone to A&E immediately if I had seen Wisteria growing up my chimney.

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    • 61
      Tachybaptus says:

      I may be missing the delicate subtlety of this comment, but wasn’t his name David Cameron? See
      http://tinyurl.com/qlklz2

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      • 70
        Desperate Dan says:

        I think you’ll find that it was a broken lavatory seat that had wrapped itself round what some people call his chimney.

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        • 74
          anonymous says:

          so Cameron can get away with it cos he’s a tory then hey

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          • Iprintmyown businesscards says:

            I think this Cameron character also had a little problem with mortgage payments he received from the taxpayer relating to Cheshire Bs and Derbyshire BS.

            Apparently when the good old Telegraph started going on about MP’s expenses Cameron said he had made a little miscalculation and faster than you could say ‘the Right Honourable Member’ a signed cheque was heading back to the taxpayer.

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          • Golly says:

            Another strange thing today about Cameron was that he said today in the House that his family received amazing treatment in an NHS Hospital.

            I had a friend called Noddy who went into one of those hospitals once and I have never seen him since.

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          • Mr Waldo says:

            I would have swept his chimney for sixpence.

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          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

            It’s odd, isn’t it, that all the ‘mistakes’ in MP’s expense claims were always ito the benefit of the MP.

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  23. 60

    I wish you voters would be more supportive.
    £67k + 10k of subsidy and £30k of expenses is only what a decent head teacher would earn in inner London.

    In council terms you wouldn’t even get a head of diversity for our paltry salary.

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    • 67
      annette curton says:

      But to put things into perspective, the person that stacks the shelves in your local supermarket is a front line worker, bread and milk, a case of Stella Artoise, have never run out of diversity, indeed, what exactly do you do with it?, sounds bloody expensive.

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  24. 62
    richard Hardingham says:

    ythe deficit is for all 4000 that work at the commons.
    Prices have doubled to rates that should lead to breakeven in atypical organisation, but the effect has only begun to be noticed in 2010/2001.
    The real problem is staff costs , a mixture of excess capacity, a lack of flexibility staffing levels are as high in the recess as during sittings. Civil service terms such as pensions holidays and sick pay lead to best paid catering staff in London. This is observation of Oliver Payton a well known caterer.Even tpical beak even pricing will lead to £4.5m a year losses.
    Please Guido, grow up and do your home work

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    Screwed taxpayer. says:

    Most House of Commons sessions are very poorly attended — see the Hon.Members shuffling their fat asses along the benches to get behind any Minister who is speaking in front of the TV camera in an attempt to disguise this fact. No doubt all the absentees are “attending to constituency business” i.e. at the golden trough. Also there are the very long recesses — i.e. holidays
    There should be a traditional factory time clock at the entrance to the Chamber. The lazy feckers should be paid for their attended hours only.

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  26. 66
    Steve Miliband says:

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    Results in

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  27. 73
    Anonymous says:

    “”While we address the longer-term changes which are needed, I believe it is right that we act in the interim so that MPs’ circumstances more closely reflect those experienced by others.”

    who? thieves, liars and vagabonds

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  28. 87
    Lard Prescott says:

    5.8 million? MPs are forced to endure a famine and starve to death. Disgraceful! You taxpayers should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  29. 97
    anonymous says:

    should freeze their bollocks too!

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  30. 99
    Anonymous says:

    No such thing as a poor politician. No such thing as transparency of the political process or the payments politicians recieve in the name of democracy.

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