South Yorkshire mayor earns £140,000 outside his role as an MP

The spotlight has been thrown on the earnings of MPs in the wake of the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal.

Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 9:36 am

An investigation has revealed that sitting MPs accumulated almost £10m from a wide range of additional work between January 2020 and August 2021.

Between January 2020 and August 2021, Dan Jarvis, mayor of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Barnsley Central MP and earned £140,000 for work outside his role as MP, according to an in-depth analysis of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests by National World.

Mr Jarvis’ mayoral role was unpaid up until mid 2020, when the devolution deal was agreed and an independent panel recommended he take the salary of £79,000.

South Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis.

Mr Jarvis said that this money would be donated to good causes.

The basic annual salary for an MP is £81,932. I was the only Metro Mayor elected without a devolution deal in place,” said Mr Jarvis.

“My work as mayor was unpaid for two and a half years.

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“Following that deal, an independent panel decided to pay the South Yorkshire mayor a salary of £79,000.

“I made a commitment to use the money to support my work as mayor and a range of good causes: from local organisations that have supported our communities through the toughest of times; to national charities that hold a special place in my heart.

“Throughout my term of office, I have worked tirelessly to represent the people and communities of South Yorkshire.

“I have always said that being both a mayor and an MP was never a long term arrangement, and I have announced my decision not to stand for re-election as Mayor next year.”