MPs will receive a pay rise of 3.1% next month, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has said.
The increase will raise MPs’ basic pay from £79,468 to £81,932 and will be effective from 1 April.
It comes after the IPSA’s decision in 2018 to adjust the pay of MPs at the same rate as public sector earnings, which are published by the Office of National Statistics.
IPSA interim chair Richard Lloyd said: “Our review of MPs’ staffing budgets in 2019 found demands on MPs’ offices were high, with staff doing difficult and stressful casework with constituents on a very wide range of problems.
“There was often high staff turnover, with salary levels below comparable roles elsewhere, based on independent benchmarked evidence.”
He added that many MPs were spending “relatively little time or money” on staff training, wellbeing and development.
“As a result, we have provided additional funding in MPs’ 2020-21 staffing budgets for staff training and welfare, security, and changes to the salary bands and job descriptions for MPs’ staff to bring them into line with the jobs they actually do,” he continued.