Northern Ireland Assembly: Members

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to initiate a further review of the salaries being paid to Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

A second reduction to MLA salaries took effect in January 2019, bringing the total reduction to 27.5%. While the Assembly is not sitting, I recognise that MLAs continue to be active in constituency work. The reduction that has been implemented reflects the work MLAs have been doing in the current period and is in line with the recommendations of former Assembly clerk and chief executive Trevor Reaney. In the event of continued delay in the formation of an Executive I will consider the case for further reductions to MLA pay.

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