MPs have voted themselves a hefty raise to their pension schemes this week.
They will now be able to accrue pensions at the rate of one fortieth of their £55,118 salaries each year instead of the current one fiftieth.
In a committee vote, MPs of all parties voted 14 to one in favour of the increase to pensions. Over the long run, MPs themselves will pay for the increase, but for the next two years the Treasury will foot 40 per cent of the bill.
The vote comes despite the fact both Chancellor Gordon Brown and Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith urged MPs not to approve the increase.