By John Pring in Disability News Service.
MPs have been asked to defend an annual pay-rise of 1.3 per cent, at a time when disabled people will see their benefits frozen for a year.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has announced that all MPs will receive a pay hike of 1.3 per cent in April, on top of a rise of more than 10 per cent announced last July.
But the latest pay increase comes at a time when the government is enforcing a freeze on working-age benefits.
IPSA said that the “annual adjustment” to MPs’ basic pay for 2016-17 would be an increase of 1.3 per cent, bringing the overall salary to £74,962 from 1 April 2016.
The annual adjustments of working-age benefit rates were decided last October, and are based on the CPI (consumer price index) rate for September, which showed that measure of inflation at minus 0.1 per cent.
CPI has since risen to 0.2 per cent in December, and is likely to rise higher over the next few months.
This zero per cent increase, which will come into force in April, is separate to a freeze on many other working-age benefits, which will last until 2020 and was announced by chancellor George Osborne in last year’s summer budget.
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