Sheesh. Should the MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark be eligible for up to a year's salary as a golden goodbye? Should he have a final salary pensions instead of one based on his career average salary? Personally I find the IPSA recommendations make a lot of sense.
When parliament stops cutting benefits and freezing public sector salaries then it may think about giving itself a pay rise. When they turn round and say we are no longer failing, our deficit has gone, then they can think about a pay rise. Not before.
As much as a police sergeant? As much as a Headteacher? As much as a cab driver? As much as a doctor? Minimum wage? As much as a nurse? As much as the average person in his or her constituency?
Personally, given the work that I'd expect an MP to do, I don't necessarily see that £74k is excessive. I'm in favour of MPs being paid a good wage, if it's coupled with clear expectations of the work they must do, and if there's monitoring to make sure that they work hard, and censure/sacking if they're not working hard.
I agree with Ivanhoe but think the timing would be insensitive to say the least,let's not forget we have people who's benefits are being cut because they happen to have an extra bedroom,amongst other benefit cuts that is.
May I point you again at the recommendations document, specifically the end of page 9 and all of page 10 (points 18-21). Then maybe point 33 on page 14 about resettlement payments (golden goodbyes) which are being gradually withdrawn.
It's a very well written document - think you might find yourself reading quite a bit more of it.
I do not think any of them should get a pay rise in these time of austerity. I have nothing against Simon Hugues and I am sure he is "trying" as hard as the others. They can claim money for their expenses and some claim a lot.