Ipsa

Jim Pickard

Sir Ian Kennedy, head of Ipsa

Sir Ian Kennedy, head of Ipsa

When they said that Ipsa was all about taking the politics out of MPs pay they weren’t joking: the independent body has come up with a set of proposals that look sensible on paper but lack political judgment.

The bit that is making headlines – predictably – is that pay will rise by 9.7 per cent in 2015 to £74,000. After that it would go up in line with national wage inflation.

That salary proposal alone would cost an extra £4.6m.

What many people won’t notice is that the other recommendations from Read more >>

Jim Pickard

The new expenses body for MPs put out a release this evening saying it would relent on two fronts after pressure from all sides:

1] MPs will no longer automatically have to pay 15 per cent of their phone bills out of their own pockets. Yet – and this could be more of a pain – they will have to separate their private/political calls from work ones. Read more >>