A Conservative MP has sparked controversy by suggesting that he and his colleagues in the House of Commons should be paid more.
Sir Peter Bottomley – the longest serving MP in the House of Commons and “Father of the House” – said that many MPs who were already paying more than £ 50,000 above the UK average found things “desperately difficult”.
He suggested that MPs should be paid the same as general practitioners, whose average salary is nearly £ 20,000 higher.
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Sir Peter’s remarks came on the day the government began to reverse the weekly “hike” of £ 20 on universal credit – a cut of more than £ 1,000 a year for beneficiaries.
How much are MPs paid?
By April 2020, MPs will receive an annual salary of £ 81,932.
This is an increase from £ 77,379 in 2018 and £ 79,468 in 2019.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson receives £ 79,936 on top of his MP salary. Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak will receive an additional £ 71,673.
In contrast, the average UK salary for the 2019-20 financial year was £ 31,461.
Members of the House of Lords are not paid but can apply for an attendance fee of £ 305 per day, as well as subsidized restaurant facilities and travel allowances.
Who determines how many MPs are paid?
MPs’ salaries are set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
IPSA was founded in 2009 in response to the MPs’ expense scandal to oversee Parliament’s salaries and expenses.
How is the pay of parliamentarians compared to other professions?
According to the ONS, the professionals who paid more than MPs include airline pilots (£ 92.33 average), managing directors (£ 85,239) and marketing and sales directors (£ 80,759).
However, many professions pay significantly less. Nurses, for example, receive an average salary of £ 33,920, with a starting salary of £ 25,655 for newly qualified Band 5 nurses.
Sergeants or below are paid an average of £ 41,701. Starting salaries for new officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland range from £ 20,880 to £ 24,177.
Journalists and midwives make an average of £ 40,396 and £ 38,736 respectively, bricklayers £ 27,995 and teachers £ 26,489 per year.
In 2020, street cleaners received £ 20,274, bar staff received £ 18,911 and hairdressers received £ 17,223, according to the Bureau of National Statistics.
How are the UK MPs paid compared to other countries?
Some countries pay their MPs significantly more than the UK. For example, members of the Japanese National Diet receive 15,528,000 yen (£ 102,522) annually.
New Zealand MPs reportedly receive an average salary of NZD 288,900 (£ 147,161) despite a recent pay freeze, while US Senators and Representatives receive a base salary of US $ 174,000 (£ 127,972).
Australian national politicians, meanwhile, are paid a base salary of US $ 211,250 (£ 113,255) and Irish Teachtaí Dála are paid EUR 100,191 (£ 85,201).
Elsewhere in the UK, members of the Scottish Parliament earn £ 64,470 and members of the Welsh Assembly £ 67,649.
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