The Knesset Control Committee is set to approve an increase in the budget available for deputy ministers. As a result, the budget available to deputy ministers will increase to NIS 53,500 ($13,900) from the current NIS 34,465 ($9,000).
The discussion on the raises was held over the Pesach break, and was led by Chairman of the committee, MK David Bitan – recently appointed as chairperson of the coalition. Deputy ministers and their staff are not funded by the Ministry they work for.
According to the Knesset accountant, non-minister MKs spend NIS 93,700 ($24,350) in expenses that come out of the supplementary budget approved by the committee. In 2015, the average amount for expenses used by deputy minister as about NIS 15,000 ($3,900).