1 July 2013 (For immediate release) 

Everyone should be paid the rate for the job - MPs and civil servants
In response to the furore over the potential proposal to raise MPs’ pay by independent today IPSA, the FDA’s General Secretary, Dave Penman said, “The FDA agrees that IPSA’s recommendation should be followed and also urge that their independent, evidence led approach to setting pay should be extended throughout the civil service.

“Only last month the NAO reported a ‘widening pay gap between public and private sector pay [which] risks making it increasingly difficult for the SCS to recruit and retain the best people’ yet the government has consistently refused to take action.

“In a cross party survey of MPs conducted on behalf of the FDA, two thirds of MPs believed that civil servants’ pay should be set independently.

The debate on MPs’ pay has not highlighted any weaknesses in IPSA’s analysis or argument, just that it is woefully out of sync with the rest of the public sector. The answer is not to brush IPSA’s recommendations under the carpet, it’s to apply the same logic throughout the civil service. It’s time that public sector pay, and that of MPs, stopped being a political football kicked about to generate headlines and started being a reasoned, fair and considered matter for an independent body to determine.”

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across government and the NHS.
2. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants’ union".
3. The independent survey on MPs’ views of the civil service commissioned by FDA was published by ComRes in February 2013. 151 cross-party MPs were surveyed. Under the heading ‘There is consensus across the three main parties that civil service pay should be set independently, but division along party lines across other statements’ MPs were asked to respond to the statement: ‘Civil service pay should be set independently in the same manner as planned for MPs’ pay’. 8% agreed strongly, 56% tended to agree, 20% disagreed strongly.
4. The NAO report ‘Building Capability in the Senior Civil Service to meet today’s Challenges’ was published in June 2013. Read FDA’s press release
5. IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) was set up in 2009 following controversy around MPs’ expenses.
6. FDA published its alternative White Paper on civil service reform in April 2013.

For further information contact:

• Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
• Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747 or Diana Ruthven, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07791 040394.