NEWS REPORT: MPs Split Over Pay Rise

The salary MPs get paid is set to rise by 10%, meaning they will be £74,000 compared to the £67,060 they currently receive.  MPs' pay is decided by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) and the decision to raise MPs salary has caused controversy - inside and outside parliament.

Officially, David Cameron and the Downing street office oppose the move and have appealed to Ipsa to cancel the plans.  However he ruled out blocking the increase and it is assumed Cameron, personally, will accept the rise as he is yet do publicly say otherwise.

Some MPs, including Labour leadership candidates Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall have said they will donate the money to charity.  However, some backbench MPs have said they will take the rise and have criticised MPs in ministerial positions for saying they will give it to charity - raising the point the ministers get paid on top of their salary as an MP.

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