MPs are to bust the government’s public-sector pay cap again with a 1.3 per cent rise, Parliament’s pay watchdog announced yesterday.
Just nine months after a backdated 10 per cent boost to £74,000, politicians are to get another £962 increase from April.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said they were “committed to adjusting MPs’ pay for the rest of this Parliament at the same rate as changes in public-sector earnings.”
But the move is likely to anger public-sector workers, whose pay increases are being capped by the government at 1 per cent until the end of the decade.
“Employees in schools, councils and hospitals will wonder why the government is insisting on restricting their pay when, elsewhere in the public sector, MPs are getting significantly more,” said Unison general secretary Dave Prentis.
“Just a few months ago Westminster politicians received a whopping 10 per cent wage boost.”