It has been announced that MPs will receive a 3.1% pay rise, increasing their basic salary from £79,468 to £81,932.
The increase will take effect on April 1. The change comes after a 2.7% boost to MPs’ pay last year, 1.8% in 2018, 1.4% in 2017 and large 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. Following reforms to the way MPs’ pay is calculated, the rise is automatic and not subject to a vote in the House of Commons.
Ministers’ salaries are determined separately.
Richard Lloyd, interim chair of Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, said: “Our review of MPs’ staffing budgets in 2019 found demands on MPs’ offices were high, with staff doing difficult and stressful casework with constituents on a very wide range of problems.
“There was often high staff turnover, with salary levels below comparable roles elsewhere, based on independent benchmarked evidence.
“In many MPs’ offices, relatively little time or money was spent on staff training, wellbeing and development.
“As a result, we have provided additional funding in MPs’ 2020-21 staffing budgets for staff training and welfare, security, and changes to the salary bands and job descriptions for MPs’ staff to bring them into line with the jobs they actually do.”
They presently claim £313 for every sitting day in the House of Lords. This means they will get £323 tax-free just for turning up to work.