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11 March 2016: IPSA LAUNCHES CONSULTATION ON PAY FOR CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) today published a consultation on the pay arrangements for Chairs of Select Committees, and for Members of the Panel of Chairs.

IPSA has a statutory obligation to conduct a review of MPs’ pay in the first year of any Parliament. For MPs’ basic pay that has already happened. We are now fulfilling our commitment to consult on pay for Chairs of Committees. We considered pay for Chairs of Committees in 2013 and concluded that we should conduct a full review in the first year of the new Parliament, as required, before taking any decisions on changes to the existing arrangements. In keeping with our 2013 commitment, the consultation considers a number of options, with a focus on restructuring the pay arrangements for Members of the Panel of Chairs. We make it clear that we favour a cost-neutral solution. We invite views from all interested parties between now and 18 April 2016.

We plan to announce the outcome of the consultation in May 2016.

Click here to access the consultation document.

Notes to editors

  1. Chairs of Select Committees currently receive an additional salary of £15,025. Members of the Panel of Chairs receive an additional salary of between £3,000 and £15,025, depending on their length of service. This is paid in addition to their basic MP salary of £74,000.
  2. In our July 2013 consultation report: “MPs’ Pay and Pensions: A New Package”, we proposed to carry out a full review of the pay arrangements for Chairs of Committees in the first year of the new Parliament.
  3. For more information, please contact IPSA's Press Office.