IPSA Publishes Reports on MPs Pay and Pensions

Date published: July 22, 2021

IPSA has today published a technical consultation on the mechanism used for the periodic updating of MPs’ salaries, following on from the statutory consultation we undertook last year.

Last year we left MP salaries unchanged in the light of the extraordinary economic conditions prevailing at that time. We are now consulting on an adjustment to the mechanism that should be used to determine future annual adjustments, rather than on what the amount of any such adjustment should be.

Also today we have published our report on the consultation we held in March 2021 on our proposed response to the McCloud court case, in relation to MPs’ pensions.

We are proposing that provided we can do so in a way that constitutes fair value for money for taxpayers, we should propose changes to the MPs’ pension scheme in the light of the McCloud case.  We will therefore develop more detailed proposals on which, provided the value for money test is met, we expect to consult further towards the end of this year.

To respond to the consultation, please do so by Thursday 19 August.

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Notes to Editors:

  1. IPSA was created in 2009 by the Parliamentary Standards Act. The Act was amended in 2010 by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act. Together they gave IPSA three main responsibilities:

    • To regulate MPs’ business costs and expenses

    • To determine MPs’ pay and pension arrangements

    • To provide financial support to MPs in carrying out their parliamentary functions.

  2. IPSA is independent of Parliament and the Government. This allows us to take decisions about the rules on business costs and expenses and on MPs’ pay ourselves, without interference.

  3. The Scheme of MPs' Business Costs and Expenses ('the Scheme') governs what MPs can and cannot claim. We review our rules regularly and consult the public when we do so.

  4. Every two months we publish around 25,000 claims for costs and expenses by MPs and their staff. Once a year we publish aggregate data for MPs’ spending and other aspects of their activity.