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.