MPs are battling for an above-inflation pay increase, to as much as £100,000.
Reported by The Times newspaper, ministers have already received a report from the senior salaries review body, which helps to set MP’s pay and allowances every three years. It recommends that MPs receive an increase to the basic salary of £60,277 to more than the current rate of inflation, according to an official who has seen it.
Some MPs want their salaries raised to around £100,000, however, arguing that MPs have fallen far behind equivalent professions, but Gordon Brown wants to hold increases to the same inflation-matching rate as that offered to nurses and other public sector workers.
David Cameron raised eyebrows recently by saying that MPs should be stripped of the power to set their own salaries, reported the paper. He said that he would do his job for “half as much”.