Sadiq Khan gives himself pay rise – how much are our politicians paid?

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given himself a pay rise following a cut last year in the initial part of the coronavirus crisis. The Mayor has decided to accept his full salary of £152,734 after voluntarily taking a 10 percent pay cut in June 2020 in recognition of the impact the pandemic was having Greater London Authority’s finances.

A mayoral spokesman confirmed Mr Khan, 50, had chosen to revert back to his full pay entitlement after being re-elected on May 6 for a further three years.

Mr Khan’s spokesman said: “The Mayor has always prioritised protecting frontline services during this pandemic.

“In June 2020 he volunteered to take a temporary 10 percent salary cut for an initial six months after it became clear that the Greater London Authority would need to make significant savings.

“The Mayor also froze the pay of his mayoral appointees during this period.”

Mr Khan’s decision not to draw his full salary for 11 months will have saved the GLA approximately £14,000.

Susan Hall, leader of the GLA Conservatives, said: “When so many Londoners are out of work and worried about their livelihoods, the Mayor’s secretive post-election pay rise will come as a slap in the face.

“By abandoning his pledge to cut his salary by 10 percent, Khan’s in effect giving himself a £15,300 pay rise.

“Let’s not forget that Sadiq Khan hiked his share of Londoners’ council tax bill by 9.5 per cent because of the pandemic costs.”

But as the average UK salary currently sits around the £30,000 mark, just how much are our politicians paid in comparison to us?

How much are politicians paid?

In comparison, Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester, is paid a salary of approximately £110,000 per year.

His pay has been frozen for the length of his current term, after being reelected earlier this year.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, is currently paid £75,440 – less than his entitled allowance of £79,936 – though it should be noted he has a lot of expenses paid for him, including his accommodation at Downing Street.

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Duchy of Lancaster, Lord Chancellor, and Secretaries of State are paid £67,505.

Any MP’s basic annual salary comes in at £81,932 currently, having risen considerably in recent years.

This was an increase from £79,468 in 2019 and £77,379 in 2018.

Cabinet members are paid the MP’s salary and an additional salary on top, bolstering their incomes to around £150,000+.

MPs who chair select committees are entitled to an additional salary.

In April 2020, this was set at £16,422.

MPs pay the same rates of tax and national insurance as the rest of us, and also have their own pensions system.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has set and administered MPs’ pay since 2011.

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