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Information on responses to IPSA's consultation on MPs' pay and pensions
CAS-18295
Disclosure Date:4 Jun 2015
Categories: MPs' PAY AND PENSIONS IPSA - POLICY
Exemptions Applied: Section 21 Section 40
Request

In "MPs’ PAY IN THE 2015 PARLIAMENT A CONSULTATION", released on the 2nd June, you say:

"We consulted on these proposals in 2013 and received hundreds of responses. Some respondents agreed with us that MPs’ pay should indeed be increased, as part of a costneutral package of remuneration with cuts to pensions, expenses and resettlement payments. This was supported by our public polling, which showed that when the increase was put in the context that it would not cost the taxpayer any more, about the same proportion of the public supported it, as opposed it. 23. Others asserted that MPs should not receive an increase in salary, with some citing continued distrust toward Parliament following the expenses scandal or their personal circumstances. Others argued that the economic circumstances warranted delaying the pay rise further."

  1. How many responses did you receive?
  2. How many agreed with your proposals?
  3. How many did not agree with your proposals?
Response

All responses to consultations carried out by IPSA are published on our website, and can be found at the following link: http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/transparency/Pages/Consultations.aspx

You can find the responses to the 2013 consultation on MPs’ pay and pensions within the ‘Pay and Pensions’ folder.

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested is already available on our website, it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).

A small number of respondents requested anonymity and/or that their responses were treated confidentially. In these instances, this information has been withheld from disclosure under section 40 of the FOIA.

Section 40(2) provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. For further information, you may wish to visit the UK Legislation website.