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NO LOWER LOCAL PAY FOR MPs.

A REVIEW appeared to rule out lower "local pay" for MPs in the North - even as ministers continue to pursue the idea for public-sector workers.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) yesterday suggested the idea was a non-starter because all MPs live and work in London for a large part of the week.

Southport MP John Pugh, a leading opponent of local pay - which threatens state workers in Merseyside with long-term pay freezes, given the 1% public-sector cap nationwide - had suggested it should, at the very least, apply to MPs as well. But IPSA, in a wide-ranging review of MPs'' pay and pensions, has decided MPs are in a different situation to health workers, teachers and civil servants.

The Chancellor is currently considering the recommendations of the various pay review bodies that have been asked to investigate how to introduce "local pay".

Teachers and hospital staff are in the firing line because their pay is higher than in the private sector, and women in the public sector face far more pain than men. But no fewer than 22 of the 57 Lib Dem MPs signed Mr Pugh''s protest letter opposing local pay.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2012
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