Civil Service: Pay

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Angela Crawley Angela Crawley Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Youth affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Children and Families), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

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.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

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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