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Pay rise will see MPs earn nearly £82k

PAY for MPs is to rise 3.1 per cent from £79,468 to £81,932, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) revealed yesterday.

The wage boost, effective from April 1, is linked to average rises in the public sector, which are published by the Office for National Statistics.

The raise — above inflation, which is at 1.8 per cent — is automatic and not subject to a vote in the Commons.

And MPs will also receive increased expenses to cover the costs of staffing and running parliamentary offices.

Richard Lloyd, IPSA interim chair, said: ‘Our review of 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.’

The budget will rise to reverse a lack of investment in — and improve — ‘staff training and welfare, security, and changes to the salary bands’, he added.

The pay rise comes just weeks after members of the House of Lords handed themselves a 3.1 per cent rise, meaning they will be paid £323 — up from £313 — tax-free for every day they sit.

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