MPs’ Pay Remains Unchanged for 2021-22

Date published: 11 December 2020

IPSA’s Interim Chair today wrote to all Members of Parliament, following the consultation on the periodic adjustment to MPs' remuneration. For the next financial year, MPs’ pay will remain unchanged.

Richard Lloyd said:

"In 2009, Parliament gave IPSA a legal duty to independently review, and publicly consult on, MPs’ pay within a year of a new parliament being formed. To that end, IPSA undertook a consultation starting in October this year, which included the proposal that the existing approach to determining MPs’ pay could continue.

"This approach, explicitly intended to last a generation when it was put in place in 2015, links MPs’ pay to an official statistic on public sector pay that is first published each year in mid-December. Using this ONS indicator in this way has met our aims of ensuring that MPs are fairly remunerated and that as far as practicable adjustments to MPs’ remuneration reflect the experience of other working citizens.  We said in October that while the actual outcome was then unknown, because of the time lag involved, any significant change in public sector pay awards this year would be reflected in MPs’ pay in subsequent years.

"The unprecedented impact of the Covid pandemic has had an unexpected, but different, effect on public and private sector earnings. It is clear that applying the forthcoming official statistic for public sector earnings growth would result in a salary increase for MPs that would be inconsistent with the wider economic data and would not reflect the reality that many constituents are facing this year.

"The IPSA Board has therefore decided that the salary for Members of Parliament will remain unchanged for the financial year 2021/22.

"IPSA is grateful for the many individual responses we received from the public during the consultation exercise and which were taken into account in making this decision. As well as calling for IPSA to take a different approach now in light of the pandemic, a number of responses also included suggestions for alternative approaches to adjusting pay in future years. The IPSA Board will be reflecting on these suggestions and will publish its response to the consultation next year."


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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 for. We review our rules regularly and consult the public when we do so.

  4. In 2020 IPSA carried out a consultation on the periodic adjustments to MPs’ salaries. Details can be found here.