MLA salaries to be cut in November

Karen Bradley has accepted the reduction recommended by Sir Trevor Reaney in December 2017. Credit: PressEye

Stormont Assembly members will have their pay reduced by an initial 15% on the 1st of November, the Secretary of State has said.

Karen Bradley has accepted the reduction recommended by Sir Trevor Reaney in December 2017.

MLA pay will fall from £49’500 to £35’888.

The initial cut will be followed by a further 12.5% reduction in January unless an Executive is formed in the meantime.

In a statement Mrs Bradley said: My absolute priority, and the priority of the UK Government, is to restore devolved government at the earliest opportunity. I recognise that MLAs still carry out important work, but it can’t be right that they continue to receive their full salary until the Executive and the Assembly are restored.

“I am acting today in line with the powers voted for by Parliament to cut their pay until the Executive is restored. This will be followed by legislation to give clarity to the Northern Ireland Civil Service for the decisions they can make, and my focus on establishing talks between the parties.

“I am confident that the plan I set out in Parliament provides the right framework to work with the parties to restore an Executive so that important decisions for the people of Northern Ireland can be made by locally elected politicians.”

The pay of staff working for MLAs will not be affected.

Travel allowances have also been reduced, and inflationary pay rises cancelled while there is no Executive.

Northern Ireland has been without a functioning Executive since January 2017, following a row between the DUP and Sinn Féin over issues like Irish language rights and provision of abortion.