IPSA launches review on MPs' expenses

By staff writers
January 6, 2011

A public consultation has been launched by the parliamentary expenses watchdog to give taxpayers input into decisions as to what MPs may legitimately claim in expenses.

Writing in the Sun, Sir Ian Kennedy, chiar of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) said: "In the past, MPs decided the rules themselves and they did so behind closed doors. Not any more. For the next six weeks we are asking everyone to tell us what they think."

Disquiet has been growing about IPSA, which many MPs consider to be bureaucratic and costly. It was set up in 2009 in the aftermath of the expenses scandal and took over the handling of MPs expense claims from the former Fees Office.

Sir Ian said: "Rightly, we hear a lot from MPs about what they think. We will listen and we will act if it is right to do so. MPs are worried about the impact of the rules on their families and concerned about some of the budgets we have set. But we also want to hear from those whose money is being spent: you, the taxpayer. Get involved and make your thoughts count."

The public consultation will last last six weeks and will give MPs and the public the chance to suggest further reforms.

Anyone wanting to let the watchdog know what they think is invited to do so via the IPSA website: http://www.ipsa-home.org.uk


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