Support 110 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
21 October 2009

MPs’ pay rise planned to prevent expenses rebellion

Downing Street plays down plan to raise salaries to limit anger over expenses measures

By Staff Blogger

MPs are reportedly set to be offered a pay rise to prevent a rebellion over their expected loss of income from expenses.

Gordon Brown is planning to fund an increase in MPs’ basic salary by cutting ministerial pay, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. There is concern in Number 10 that MPs will reject next month’s report by Sir Christopher Kelly, which is expected to recommend drastically scaling back the expenses and allowances they can claim.

Downing Street played down the Telegraph story and said Brown would not pre-empt the results of Kelly’s review. A spokesman said: “We do not recognise the suggestion that the Prime Minister is advocating any specific proposals.

“He is eagerly awaiting the results of Sir Christopher Kelly’s independent review, which will provide the basis for any future decisions.”

MPs are currently paid £64,766, with the 98 members of the government earning between £96,000 and £197,000. A cut in ministerial pay of £20,000 would allow all 646 MPs to receive a £3,000 pay rise at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

Select and enter your email address Your new guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture each weekend - from the New Statesman. A quick and essential guide to domestic politics from the New Statesman's Westminster team. A weekly newsletter helping you understand the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email. Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

Brown is determined to avoid further criticism from Labour MPs after widespread anger over Sir Thomas Legg’s demands for expenses repayments.

The fact that MPs were ordered to pay back expenses originally approved by Commons officials led some to question the legality of Legg’s demands.

Content from our partners
Towards a new, green economy
We all want climate budgets – who is ready?
How software will make or break sustainability

But the Prime Minister may struggle to convince the public that MPs deserve a pay rise so soon after the expenses scandal and following the announcement of a public-sector pay freeze.

Topics in this article : , ,