Wednesday, 16th January 2013
UK: Reviewing MPsí Pay & Pensions
Source: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (UK)
From the Introduction:
This is the report on the first consultation in our Review of MPs’ Pay and Pensions. It ran from 15 October 2012 to 7 December 2012 and was an important step in the process of determining MPs’ pay and pensions independently of Parliament, Government or political parties for the very first time.
This task, of considering and determining the appropriate level of remuneration for MPs, goes beyond an attempt to fit a sum of money to a job. It requires us to consider a much deeper issue: the status and standing of Parliament and of MPs in our society. MPs sit at the very centre of our democracy. Their role has several dimensions: considering legislation, representing their constituencies, holding HM Government to account and, increasingly, helping to solve practical problems for individual constituents. Our research has shown that members of the public often have little understanding of the wide range of MPs’ responsibilities in Westminster (although they are aware of and value their work locally). Moreover, many still view MPs and Parliament through the lens of the expenses scandal. We are, of course, conscious of this history, but have not allowed the failures of the past to affect our approach to this new question. We have, in fact, explicitly separated any question of business costs and expenses from this Review. In our view the question of the support required to perform the role should be distinct from the personal reward for doing so.
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