MPs' salaries to rise to £76,000 from April, Ipsa confirms
MPs’ salaries will rise above £76,000 from April of this year, the parliamentary watchdog has announced.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) confirmed this morning that basic pay for 2017-18 would go up 1.4%, in line with changes to average wages in the wider public sector.
That means salaries have risen by more than £10,000 since the 2010 general election, although the increases in basic pay have been coupled with a less generous pensions scheme.
In their announcement Ipsa said: "The annual adjustment to MPs’ basic pay for 2017-18 will be an increase of 1.4%, bringing the overall salary from £74,962 to £76,011, as of 1 April 2017.
"This is in line with our determination on MPs’ pay, published in July 2015, where we committed to adjusting MPs’ pay for the rest of this Parliament at the same rate as changes in public sector earnings published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS)."
The biggest rise came in 2015, when Ipsa decided to increase basic salaries from £67,000 to £74,000 despite opposition from David Cameron’s government and MPs across the Commons.
Then Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling said such a rise was “not appropriate”, while several senior MPs said they would hand the extra cash over to charity.
However Ipsa refused to back down, arguing that the overall pay and pensions package for MPs would cost the taxpayer less money.
The changes also saw the scrapping of resettlement payments for MPs which had been worth up to a year’s salary, as well as tighter rules on expenses.