Pay rise takes basic salary of MPs to £77,000

MPs will be given a 1.8% pay rise, taking their basic salary to £77,379 from April 1, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has confirmed.

The additional salary paid to House of Commons select committee chairs will also rise by 1.8%, taking pay to £15,509.

Ipsa said the moves were in line with a commitment made in July 2015 to adjust MPs' pay at the same rate as changes in public sector earnings published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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But the increase is well above the 1% annual cap imposed on most public sector workers since 2010, although it lags behind inflation of 3%.

MPs enjoyed a 1.4% rise in their basic salary in 2017 to the current £76,011 and a 1.3% rise in 2016.

From April, their salary will have risen by a total of 17.7% since the introduction of the Government's austerity programme, including public sector pay freezes and caps, in 2010.