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sexta-feira, 5 de março de 2010

MPs' salaries pass £65,000 after 1.5pc rise

MPs’ salaries will rise above £65,000 after a 1.5 per cent pay rise next month.

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Published: 6:19PM GMT 04 Mar 2010
The pay rise has not yet been formally put to MPs, who spent Thursday voting on

The award comes as millions of workers face pay freezes and cuts from employers struggling with the weak economy.

The pay deal was confirmed as MPs voted to reform the way the Commons works, giving backbenchers more power over parliamentary business and replacing the term “chairman” with “chair.”

A backbench MP’s basic salary is currently £64,766. The pay rise will take that to £65,737.

The parliamentary pay award has been made by the Senior Salaries Review Body, an independent panel.

The SSRB’s decision on pay is automatically accepted by the Commons after MPs agreed in 2008 to give up the power to vote on their own salaries.

The pay body said it reached its figure by comparing the pay awards made to other professional groups including military officers, judges, doctors and senior civil servants.

Under interim arrangements until 2012, the SSRB retains the power to recommend parliamentary salaries.

From 2012, the new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, set up in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal, will set pay for members.

The 1.5 per cent award is below the Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which is currently 3.7 per cent.

Incomes Data Services, a consultancy, said this week that a third of workers have had pay freezes imposed on them in wage settlements reached this year.

IDS said that the average wage rise for private sector workers this year is 1.4 per cent. When public sector workers are included, the average rise is 1.9 per cent.

The MPs’ award may provoke anger from some public sector workers. Local councils in England and Wales have announced a pay freeze this year for 1.5 million staff.

The pay rise has not yet been formally put to MPs, who spent Thursday voting on changes to Commons rules.

In a defeat for both the Labour and Tory front benches, MPs voted to give backbenchers significantly more power over the issues and laws that are debated in the Commons.

After the general election, a new Backbench Business Committee will be established and given the power to set the agenda for many Commons debates.

David Cameron, the Tory leader, and Harriet Harman, the Commons leader, both attempted to limit the committee’s power to set the agenda on just 15 days a year. Their amendment was defeated.

In another change, unanimously approved, MPs decided that in future, the chairmen of select committees – which scrutinise Government departments – will be elected in secret ballots of MPs.

Under current rules, committee chairmen are appointed by party leaders.

MPs agreed by 206 to 90, majority 116, to drop the word "chairman" in favour of the word "chair" for its proceedings.

The change was opposed by Sir Patrick Cormack, who said it “was rather silly and demeaning when we are dealing with such grave and important matters to bother with it.”

In future, MPs who do not attend enough select committee meetings will face expulsion from the committee.

The changes in Commons rules were drawn up by Tony Wright, a Labour backbencher.

He said the changes could help restore Parliament’s reputation, but only if MPs used their new powers properly.

He said: “With control comes responsibility. It is easy to set up new structures but someone has got to make those work and that means making them work in a responsible fashion."

He added: “These measures provide a set of tools that people in the next Parliament can use if they want to make this place a more vital institution. That is our job today, but that is their job tomorrow.”

During the debate, several Conservative MPs complained when Ms Harman blocked a vote on the question of whether future Commons Speakers should be elected by secret ballot.

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