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Civil Servants and Members: Pay

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 294202, tabled on 3 October 2019

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons hon. Members received a pay rise of 2.7 per cent which was backdated to April 2019 and civil servants received a pay increase of 1.84 per cent which was backdated to June 2019.

Answered on

8 October 2019

Civil service pay, excluding the Senior Civil Service, is delegated to departments and to the Devolved Administrations.

For 2019/20, government departments have flexibility to make average pay settlements of up to 2%, depending on their workforce requirements and affordability. Any department wishing to pay an award above 2% is able to submit a business case to HM Treasury and Cabinet Office for ministerial approval. Departments are also able to meet the costs of increases to the National Living Wage outside of the 2%.

MPs’ pay is set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, which is independent from government.

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