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MLAs will not get pay rise, says Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley has said she will bring forward legislation to allow her to vary the rates of pay of MLAs when there is no Executive.

Responding to a question from Lady Syvlia Hermon in the House of Commons, Mrs Bradley said she will ensure MLAs will not get a £500 pay rise on April 1.

The Secretary of State said: "I will be bringing legislation to bring powers to this parliament to vary the rates of pay of MLAs.

"The reason I am doing so this week is to ensure we do so before the start of the new financial year so that no pay increases do go through because I well understand the strong feelings she has (Lady Hermon), it is a strong feeling that has been expressed by many in Northern Ireland."

The Bill will confer power on the Secretary of State to determine the salaries and other benefits for Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly in respect of periods when there is no Executive.

Earlier this month, the Secretary of State said she was “minded” to reduce politicians’ salaries by 27.5%.

It is now 14 months since the Executive collapsed.

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