MPs to enjoy above-inflation 2.7% pay rise, bringing basic pay to almost £80,000

By Andrew Woodcock, Press Association Political Editor
The rise is linked to average increases in pay in the public sector.

MPs are to receive a 2.7% pay rise, taking their basic salary for 2019/20 from £77,379 to £79,468, it has been announced.

The £2,089 hike, effective from April 1, is well above the current inflation rate of 1.8% on the main CPI measure.

It follows a 1.8% boost to MPs’ pay last year, 1.4% in 2017, 1.3% in 2016 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% figure was announced by the ONS on an interim basis in December and confirmed last week to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (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.

Chairs of Commons committees will enjoy a 2.7% increase to the additional salary they receive on top of their basic pay, taking it from £15,509 to £15,928.

Ministers’ salaries are determined separately.

TaxPayers’ Alliance grassroots campaign manager Harry Fone said: “A lot of taxpayers are going to be annoyed by this announcement.

“In the private sector, pay rises and bonuses are rewarded based on performance, not for just turning up. Ipsa are once again out of touch with the public.”

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.”

Garry Graham, Prospect’s deputy general secretary, said: “Our members will see more than a whiff of hypocrisy and double standards in today’s announcement.

“Prospect has long argued for an independent review of pay to cover our members working in the Civil Service and wider public sector. This has been repeatedly turned down.

“There has not been a government in peacetime so reliant on the hard work and dedication of the Civil Service and its agencies.

“For MPs to be awarded 2.7% when pay rises for those who serve them are held down at 1.5% or less demonstrates a remarkable level of contempt.

“As we prepare for pay discussions with the Cabinet Office and Treasury, this announcement will only add to the anger and frustration held by members.”