MPs are expected to get a £2,200 pay rise from next month as millions of Britons face a squeeze on the cost of living.
That means their base salary will increase from £81,932 to £84,144 to match the average public sector wage increase last year, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), their salary-fixing agency.
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2.7% pay rise comes “despite objections from Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer”, reports Time. The Prime Minister had previously urged Ipsa to show “restraint” over MPs’ salaries this year, while Starmer argued that he and his colleagues should not raise wages.
Difficult economic situation
The wage increase is “nearly half the current rate of inflation”, with the consumer price index expected to hit 7% in April, “meaning they will get a pay cut in real terms”. said Guardians. But the adjustment will be seen “in the face of significant economic hardship for many” and after the Bank of England urged workers to “not ask for too large a raise to try to stem prices.” out of control,” the newspaper said.
The change is expected to go into effect April 1, when families nationwide will be affected by a 1.25% increase in National Insurance. Energy costs are also expected to soar, with the average energy bill expected to rise to nearly £2,000 following a 54% increase in price caps by energy regulator Ofgem.
The MPs’ pay hike comes after a £3,300 pay rise was suspended last year due to the “economic impact” of the pandemic, after Ipsa was “under pressure from MPs” to stem the momentum increase, report ITV. More than 50 MPs have written to the body calling for a pay freeze ahead of the proposed 2021 increase.
Who decides the salaries of MPs?
The salaries of MPs are set independently of both government and parliament, and are instead set by Ipsa, which is set later 2009 expense scandal.
Ministers will also receive an additional salary, as will MPs who hold special roles such as speakers or chair of committees.
MPs also receive stipends to “cover the costs of running an office, hiring staff, having somewhere to live in London or their constituency, and traveling between Parliament and the region their elections”, said UK Parliament.
They are allowed to do outside work to supplement their income, commonly known as second jobalthough the practice is currently under “enhanced supervision” after Owen Paterson Last year’s lobbying scandal, after which Johnson “promised to change the rules to limit the time MPs can spend on outside work and ensure they don’t work in consulting sectors”. related to the work of parliament,” The Times said.
Should parliamentarians’ salaries be increased?
MPs across the political scene have spoken out against the pay increase.
Zarah Sultana, Labor MP for Coventry South, tweeted that she believes the regulator’s decision to raise wages was “wrong”. She added: “Ordinary people are facing a Tory cost of living crisis. They will get a decent raise, not well-paid MPs. That’s why I will be making my donation to Coventry Foodbank and other local organizations. ”
One Conservative supporter told The Guardian they had given theirs away, while another complained: “Don’t want, don’t need, not my decision, now meant to justify it .”
But others voiced support for the move, arguing that MPs cannot go “both ways” when it comes to pay.
“We want independent pay or we want MPs to control their pay. We can’t have it both ways,” an unnamed MP told The Guardian. “We seem to want to run long (back) into a world where only the rich can afford to be MPs. Independent Ipsa is there for a reason. ”
Richard Lloyd, president of Ipsa, said that the wage increase was the first in two years and “follows last year’s average public sector increase”.
“Congressmen play an important role in our democracy and this is reflected in their salaries,” he said.
“It is true that MPs are paid fairly for the shared invisible responsibility and work they do to help their constituents, a number that has increased significantly last year.
“For Parliament to reflect society, it is important that people from all walks of life be able to become an MP.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/uk-news/955943/how-mps-pay-is-decided How MPs’ salaries are decided