MPs call for pay rise hike for parliamentary staff

MPs call for pay rise hike for parliamentary staff

MPs call for pay rise hike for parliamentary staff

Saturday, March 2, 2019

A controversial pay rise for MPs has seen more than 160 parliamentarians call for an increased wage boost for their staff.

A cross-party collection of MPs has written to parliamentary watchdogs about an “increasing pay gap” between themselves and those who work for them in Parliament.

The move comes after widespread criticism of the announcement that MPs are getting a 2.7 per cent pay boost, taking their basic annual salary from £77,379 to £79,468, while their staff will receive an increase of just 1.5 per cent.

 

 

The £2,089 hike for MPs, effective from April 1, far outstrips the current inflation rate of 1.8 per cent.

Labour MP Gareth Snell, who coordinated the letter to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), said: "The work of our constituency and parliamentary staff has never been more important in providing support for constituents.

"I have organised a letter to Ruth Evans, chair of Ipsa, against the below-inflation pay increase they've been offered."

 

'Our staff would be worse off' 

The letter states: "A below inflation increase means that most of our staff would be worse off because of the rising cost of living.

"Given the differential pay increases planned for 2019-2020 for elected members and our staff we are also concerned about the increasing pay gap between us and the staff who provide such important work to our constituents.

"We would urge you to reconsider the increases to our staffing budgets so that we can give our staff the pay awards they deserve for the work that they do, for us and our communities."

 

 

This year's rise follows a 1.8 per cent boost to MPs' pay last year, increases in previous years and a big increase from £67,000 to £74,000 in July 2015.

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

The 2.7 per cent figure was announced by the ONS on an interim basis in December and confirmed last week to IPSA, which made the final announcement.

Following reforms to the way MPs' pay is calculated, the rise is automatic and not subject to a vote in the House of Commons.