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Remarks on MPs’ pay from the Chairman of IPSA

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is the body created by Parliament to independently oversee and regulate MPs’ expenses, pay and pensions. Tomorrow, they release a consultation document on what they propose to bring forward after the next election. Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA Chair, made a related speech on 5 July. I thought these sections particularly interesting: There was even a time during the Middle Ages when each community paid its own MP. A number of cunning plans emerged […]

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NHS staff pay – updated

A further Parliamentary question on pay in the NHS locally. Compared to my previous question, 28 people earning over £50k are missing – I should have included “other” in the question. I’ll return to this subject later: Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in Buckinghamshire were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii) £100,000 in the last year for which figures are available. […]

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The scandal of government dodging tax and employment law – in health

While consultants in the software industry have long had to worry about IR35 rules designed to promote employment and enforce higher tax rates, it seems the British Government previously chose to use just the arrangements it sought to stop. The Telegraph reports: Jonathan Baume, general secretary of the First Division Association (FDA) which represents senior civil servants, said pay among the highest-ranking staff needed to be more “transparent”. His comments come after it was disclosed that more than 25 senior Department […]

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MPs’ pay in context

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies runs a utility — Where do you fit in? — which allows you to enter your pay and council tax so that you can see how you fare in relation to the rest of the population. I entered annual pay of £65,000 and council tax of £1100, which is about representative of MPs’ situation. This is the result: Taking into account household size and composition (click here to see how), we have calculated your position […]

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