MPs’ pay rises could outstrip public sector under watchdog’s plans
MPs could get pay rises above those of public sector workers from next year, according to plans set out by the independent expenses watchdog.
The news comes in that week that tens of thousands of public sector workers across the country have seen their pay frozen, despite nurses receiving a three per cent rise.
The proposal, from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), suggests it takes new powers to "to vary the [annual pay] award below or above" public sector pay.
A four-week consultation will lead to conclusions in the autumn and any announcement would come in the spring. Ipsa could have the new powers to set MPs' pay in the 2022/23 financial year.
For the past five years, MPs' pay has been set by Ipsa and linked to public sector pay every October to avoid MPs being forced into the politically difficult position of having to set their own pay.
MPs are currently paid £81,932 a year.
Ipsa froze pay in the 2021/22 financial year as the country grappled with the Covid pandemic. But it said it was asking …
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