Stop paying MPs expenses. Close down IPSA. Replace expenses at reduced total cost with allowance or salary increase. Ending the maddening bureaucracy of expenses time wasting would compensate for pay cut for MPs.
This reform would end a system that invites abuse and is forcing an unjustified loathed pay increase that MPs do not want. There would be savings to the public purse of the *£10million a year that IPSA costs now - plus a cut in current total expense bill by another large sum. A 10% cut would save a further £10 million a year.
This reform should be one element of a wholehearted anti-corruption bill to include: -
JAM THE REVOLVING DOOR SHUT
Top tax civil servant David Hartnett had 48 meetings with Deloittes and negotiated a £6 billion tax bill down to £1.25 billion. Months after he retired he took a job with Deloittes. The judgment of present ministers, civil servants and top military may be influenced by hopes of retirement riches.
Lord Quentin Davies told the Lords last week that it’s still possible to buy a seat in the Lords with a donation to a political party.
END DOUBLE JOBBING
Lord Blencathra was paid £12,000 a month to lobby for Cayman Islands. Probe failed to read his contract. Ended last week not because of Standards Committee decision but because of 'bad publicity'. 100s of MPs still not doing a fulltime job for a fulltime wage. Outside earnings should be deducted from parliamentary salaries.
* £6million IPSA runing cots plus £4million cost to MPs and staff.