Speaker John Bercow takes extra pay rise as salary tops £150,000


Speaker John Bercow has taken an extra pay rise on top of the 10% handed to MPs this year, it has emerged.

Unlike David Cameron and ministers, Mr Bercow has accepted an additional 0.62% increase to the salary for his official role.

The rise has apparently been triggered by an obscure part of the legislation underpinning the pay of officeholders - increasing it in line with the average granted to senior civil servants at the end of each parliament.

With his MP pay lifted from around £67,000 to £74,000 as a result of the decision by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), Mr Bercow now earns a total of £150,236 a year according to the Commons website.

By contrast Mr Cameron's overall salary is £149,440.

While Mr Cameron has given up his non-contributory half-salary Prime Ministerial pension, Mr Bercow has held on to his - although he has said he will not draw it until he turns 65.

Unlike the premier, he also does not appear to pay any taxable benefit for his grace-and-favour home.

A spokeswoman for the Speaker said: "The Speaker's salary is proactively published on the Parliament website.

"This being the case, there is nothing to add."