MP’s Force IPSA To Back Down Over New Expenses System
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on January 6, 2011
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) proposed a new system that allowed the public a say in what MP’s can and can’t claim for. I was for this idea, but with some basic expenses covered and guaranteed to a certain degree, with other debatables and extras up for public say.
Of course, our Politicians didn’t like the idea of the public having a say in their lives, even if the public do pay their wages. IPSA was set up last year by Parliament in the wake of the Expenses scandal to be an Independent Watchdog and have power to make new rules for MP’s and what they can claim. And now IPSA is doing its job, many MP’s have protested over the new system at nearly every turn and now the Prime Minister has become involved and made IPSA back down on the second home issue, and threatened to abolish the group if it didn’t do so.
The latest tantrum caused over Second homes, has some MPs with Children who have constituencies on the outskirts of London, complaining that they need money to rent better accommodation in London for themselves and for their children. They say the rule banning them for claiming an allowance for a home to house themselves and children under five is “Anti Family“. They also say the rule doesn’t take in to account they sometimes work late in Parliament.
I think that’s rubbish. I don’t think it’s about children not seeing their parents and everything to do with MP’s wanting a nice place to sleep instead of commuting home like normal people. Or, having to shell out for a hotel, like normal people. Couple that with the proposed idea from IPSA and you can see why MP’s are revolting, um… more than usual.
I think it’s safe to say the MP’s and the Prime Minister think they’re at a point where they think it’s OK to start reverting the expenses system back in to their favour. The IPSA was supposed to be independent and beyond the reach of Government (in theory), and now we have MP’s and a Government threatening to abolish if they don’t do as MP’s say, sorry, I mean: “Listen to the concerns of MP’s“.
I knew it would happen eventually, it was just a matter of time. This little episode is just the start of MPs exerting their power over the IPSA and thus over the expenses system. You may not think so, but what David Cameron said about abolishing the IPSA and them then backing down has ruined and made a mockery of its Independence. Before you know it the IPSA will just be a puppet of Parliament.
Then again, maybe it always was a puppet of Parliament. Take a look at who’s in charge of it. That’s right, all ex or current MPs, some who have been done for expenses fiddling themselves.
So, write it down, 6/1/2011, the date it was business as usual for the people in the House of Common Criminals.
However! All is not lost, you can write to your MP about the interference by the House Of Commons and Government in the affairs of the IPSA. I implore you to do so! The anger from the expenses scandal may have died down but the people still need to be vigilant and hold their elected representatives to account!
So please, tell everyone you can about what they’ve done today and tell them to write to their MP. Or, alternatively, to E-mail them. Let’s make them work for us, the way it’s supposed to be!
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