MPs' basic pay to increase to £79,468

MPs receive pay rise taking salary to nearly £80,000

The scene in the House of Commons shortly after the announcement by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority that MPs' basic pay is to increase by 2.7 per cent.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

MPs will receive a pay rise of 2.7 per cent from April, taking their basic salary for 2019/2020 from £77,379 to £79,468, it has been announced.

The increase of over £2,000 is well above the current inflation rate of 1.8 per cent.

It follows after a 1.8 per cent boost to MPs’ pay last year, and 1.4 per cent in the year before.

 

 

MPs also received a substantial pay rise in July 2015, taking their initial salary from £67,000 to £74,000.

MPs pay is linked to average rises in the public sector, as decided by the Office for National Statistics.

The 2.7 per cent increase was announced by the ONS in December and confirmed last week to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

 

'It is an outrage'

Following reforms, the rise is automatic and not subject to a vote in the House of Commons.

Ministers’ salaries are determined separately but on top of their basic pay, chairs of Commons committees will enjoy a 2.7 per cent on their additional salary, taking it from £15,509 to £15,928.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: "It is an outrage that MPs are rewarding themselves with an above- inflation pay rise while civil servants, who do some of the most vital jobs in society, are still subject to a cruel 1% de-facto pay cap.

"PCS are balloting 120,000 members for strike action over pay this summer and today's news will only anger them further."

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