Why doctors, nurses and teachers should be especially angry about the latest MPs' pay rise

James Tapsfield
Saturday 27 February 2016 13:00
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MPs are to bust the Government's public-sector pay cap again with a 1.3 per cent rise.

Politicians are to get the £962 increase from April - just nine months after they received a backdated boost to £74,000.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, Britain's second-largest trade union, responded with dismay:

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.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said:

This is in line with our determination, published in July 2015, where we committed to adjusting MPs' pay for the rest of this Parliament at the same rate as changes in public-sector earnings published by the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS index takes account of promotions and bonuses, which may explain why the figure is higher than the one per cent wider public-sector pay policy.

Ipsa introduced an initial 10 per cent rise because it said salaries for MPs had dropped behind the rest of the public sector.

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