From next month (April) MPs will receive a pay rise of 3.1%, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
The increase will mean that MPs basic pay will rise from £79,468 to £81,932 as from 1st April.
IPSA interim chair Richard Lloyd said:
“Our review of MPs’ staffing budgets in 2019 found demands on MPs’ offices were high, with staff doing difficult and stressful casework with constituents on a very wide range of problems.
“There was often high staff turnover, with salary levels below comparable roles elsewhere, based on independent benchmarked evidence.”
He added that many MPs were spending “relatively little time or money” on staff training, wellbeing and development.
“As a result, we have provided additional funding in MPs’ 2020-21 staffing budgets for staff training and welfare, security, and changes to the salary bands and job descriptions for MPs’ staff to bring them into line with the jobs they actually do,” he continued.
However, the news attracted an agitated response on social media.
Jordan Rushworth tweeted to say:
“Interesting that despite a host of MPs coming out publically expressing the discontent, even disgust that the general public has felt towards their conduct over the last parliament that they now feel it legitimate and credible to give themselves a pay rise”.
Clive Gritt MBE tweeted:
“MPs just gave themselves an above-inflation pay rise while the health sector is desperately fighting a global virus.
“Is this how society should function?”
John Dodd added:
“So MPs have awarded themselves yet another pay rise despite the possibility of mass unemployment due to COVID 19No doubt they will continue to claim and be awarded their generous expenses even if Parliament has to shut down for a time.
“The Westminster bubble is as strong as ever”.
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