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MPs could see another hike in their wages after the third review into their pay in just five years

MPs could be in line for another bumper salary hike after the third major review into their pay in five years, The Sun can reveal.

As the Cabinet publicly bicker over whether to lift the public sector wage cap, Commons bosses will conduct yet another probe into MPs pay cheques — which already rose by £1,049 to £76,011 this year.

After new laws brought in after the 2009 expenses scandal politicians are powerless in refusing any rise
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After new laws brought in after the 2009 expenses scandal politicians are powerless in refusing any rise[/caption]

Since the Government started cutting the size of the state in 2010, MP’s pay has increased by more than £11,000.

Their pay currently goes up every April in line with inflation figures — but that rate could be increased following a consultation.

Under law the structure for MPs remuneration must be comprehensively analysed within 12 months of every election.

It means Theresa May’s disastrous snap poll will trigger yet another inquiry after following one in 2012 and 2015.

Theresa May recently called a general election for June 8th seeking a greater parliamentary majority which backfired
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Theresa May recently called a general election for June 8th seeking a greater parliamentary majority which backfired[/caption]

Rules implemented after the 2009 expenses crisis mean MPs are powerless to block any rises set by independent pay watch dog.

But furious campaigners called on Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to publicly rule out further above inflation hikes at the out set.

Harry Davis of the Taxpayers' Alliance opposes the move
Harry Davis of the Taxpayers’ Alliance opposes the move

The TaxPayers’ Alliance blasted: “Something is clearly wrong with the system if IPSA is launching yet another consultation on MPs pay so soon after the last.”

Boss Harry Davis hit out: “Given the debate about pay elsewhere in the public sector, it would be inappropriate for quangocrats to recommend another inflation-busting rise.”

IPSA told the The Sun: “We are required by legislation to review MPs pay in the first year of a new Parliament.

We expect this will happen in 2018.”

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