‘Restraint’ urged over potential £2,000 pay rise for MPs

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MPs, in the House of Commons during PMQs, could get a pay rise in excess of £2,000 this year (House of Commons/PA) (PA Wire)
MPs, in the House of Commons during PMQs, could get a pay rise in excess of £2,000 this year (House of Commons/PA) (PA Wire)

Downing Street has urged “restraint” over any pay rise proposed for MPs this year.

MPs are currently paid £81,932 and usually see their pay rise annually in line with average public sector salary increases.

Last year, that was suspended due to the economic impact of the pandemic, and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) – which sets the level of pay – stopped what would have been a £3,300 hike after coming under pressure from MPs.

This year, if the rise goes ahead, MPs would enjoy a 2.7% increase of more than £2,000.

The Union Flag flies above the Victoria Tower and the Palace of Westminster, London. (PA) (PA Wire)
The Union Flag flies above the Victoria Tower and the Palace of Westminster, London. (PA) (PA Wire)

It would come into effect on April 1 – the same time the Government’s controversial rise in National Insurance payments comes in.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Ipsa was “independent of Government and they haven’t set out any proposals yet which I’ve seen”.

But he added: “I would say we would expect restraint on matters like this given the current circumstances, but beyond that I think it’s right that we let Ipsa set out their proposals as an independent body.”

The spokesman said he did not believe the Prime Minister would be making representations on the matter.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “I think that MPs do not need a pay rise and we should all be saying that we don’t need that pay rise and it shouldn’t go ahead.

“The mechanism is independent but I think it’s for me, as Leader of the Opposition, to say that I do not think we should have that pay rise.”

Ahead of the proposed 2021 rise, more than 50 Tory MPs wrote to Ipsa calling on the body impose a pay freeze for parliamentarians.

Ipsa told The Sun “a decision on MPs’ pay for 2022-23 will be taken early in 2022”, saying it “will take into account ONS data as well as other relevant information”.

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