Thank you for contacting me about proposals to increase MPs’ pay.
Since 2010, responsibility for deciding the salaries and expenses of Members of Parliament has rested with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). IPSA is an independent body, established by statute. Members of Parliament no longer set either the level of Parliamentary salaries or the rules governing expenses.
IPSA has a legal duty to independently review, and publicly consult on, MPs’ pay within a year of a new Parliament being formed. In light of this, IPSA undertook a consultation which opened in October 2020. Included in this consultation was a proposal that MPs’ pay could increase in 2021/22.
IPSA’s usual approach links MPs’ pay to an official statistic on public sector pay that is first published every year in mid-December. By doing this, IPSA can ensure that MPs are fairly remunerated for their work. It was always made clear by IPSA that any substantial change in public sector pay awards this year would be reflected in MPs’ pay in subsequent years.
Given that the Coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on public and private sector earnings, IPSA has decided not to issue a pay rise to MPs in 2021/22. Such a pay rise would have been inconsistent with the wider economic data and would not have reflected the reality faced by many of our constituents.
In addition to this, the Prime Minister has acted to freeze Ministerial pay in 2021/22. Ministers in the House of Lords have also had their pay frozen at 2019/20 levels.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP