IPSA MPs' Expenses Reform : Keep it in the Family

Guido is just digesting the reforms announced:

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End to first class travel, only standard class to be reimbursed.
MPs can no longer buy taxpayer-funded second homes.

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MPs will still be allowed to employ husbands, wives, mistresses and kids.

Updates:

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The number of MPs unable to claim any accommodation allowance has gone up from 25 to 128. These 128 MPs are now, like normal people, deemed to live within commuting distance of Westminster.

MPs are specifically banned from buying goods and services from family members or business partners, whereas before they were only instructed to “consult the Fees Office.”

Any airmiles earned (or similar bonuses) must be used for parliamentary purposes, not personal benefit.

Members have until August 2012 to get rid of mortgages.

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Any family members current employed are allowed to continue until in their jobs “until the date when the party in question ceases to be employed or otherwise to provide staffing assistance.” It does not specify whether this means at the General Election.




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