2.5% pay rise for politicians?

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STATES Members could be in line for an interim pay rise of £1,000 a year.

If agreed, the 2.5% increase will take the basic level of pay from £39,382 to £40,382 with the amount of expenses Members can claim remaining at £3,650. The new salary would come into force in January if a recommendation by a board set up to examine States pay is accepted.

The States Members Remuneration Review Body, appointed at the end of last month, has recommended the increase as an interim measure until it can present its final recommendations on States pay for the next three years, expected in time for the summer recess of 2009.

Before then, the body is also expected to consider if pensions should be introduced for States Members and if the expense allowances should be reviewed.

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