Sir Ian Kennedy, chair of the standards committee, has announced measures to overhaul MPs’ expenses/allowances system. The main points are:
- Taxpayer-funded second homes will be replaced by one-bedroom rented properties.
- MPs will not qualify for support if they live within twenty miles of their constituency.
- Additional support available for those who care for others: MPs will qualify if they have children under five, they are single parents or have children getting additional state support.
- Cost of cleaning and gardening will not be met.
- No help with daily commute but cost of trips to constituency on public transport will be reimbursed.
- Staffing budget to be based on 3 full-time employees subject to a contract.
- Will be able to employ “connected parties”, with safeguards. Only one connected person with agreed contract and no bonuses. New rules will not affect family or partners already working for MPs.
- ‘Winding-up’ costs on leaving Parliament will be covered for two months.
- Resettlement allowances will not be met by the taxpayer.
Let the whingeing begin.