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Thursday 15th
posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

MPs are set for a 2017 pay rise that will overshoot the 1 per cent cap imposed on other public-sector workers such as nurses, police officers and teachers, it was revealed yesterday.

Their pay will inflate from £74,962 to £76,011 from next April — an increase of 1.4 per cent, which also beats inflation, currently at 1.2 per cent. The real-terms rise follows a similar boost of 1.3 per cent awarded to them earlier this year.

And the latest hike comes just a year after they were awarded a massive 10 per cent increase that took their salaries from £67,000 to £74,000.

The increases, recommended by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), are not subject to approval or formal control by Parliament.

But the announcement is likely to irk hard-working public-sector employees whose own pay rises have been limited to a maximum of 1 per cent for the last four years following previous salary freezes.

A Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union spokesman said: “Wage rises shouldn’t just be for MPs, all workers deserve them.

“That’s why we’ve repeatedly called for the public-sector pay cap to end — and for private firms taking on government contracts to pay their staff a living wage.”

MPs’ salaries rise in line with a calculation by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of average overall increases in the public sector.

The reason given for the cap-busting rise is that it is calculated on the basis of all payments on public-sector payslips, including bonuses and promotion-related raises.

Ipsa confirmed that ONS had issued a preliminary estimate of this year’s figure of 1.4 per cent, but said that it might change when it is finalised.