Author: The Taxpayers' Alliance
Publication date: August 2009
This report rebuts the commonly held view that the recent scandal over parliamentary allowances to MPs is caused by their basic salary remaining low. The report suggests that even taking into account the basic salary for a backbench MP they receive a wage which puts them in the top 3% of earners in the UK. Furthermore the report notes that many MPs who hold frontbench positions receive considerably more than this and the report details the generous pension arrangements and the golden farewells which MPs are entitled to. It is also reported that UK MPs receive a higher basic salary than MPs in all EU countries with the exception of Austria, Ireland and Italy.