Two bites of the expenses cherry but all within the rules……………….
Any MP forced to quit over the expenses scandal will be in line for pay-offs of more than £100,000 and pensions of up to £30,000 a year.
Gordon Brown has warned that no MP who has “defied the rules” on expenses will be allowed to stand at the next election.
MPs embroiled in the scandal remain entitled to two pay-offs so long as they serve until the general election, rather than resign immediately. All MPs who step down, or are defeated, at an election are paid a “resettlement grant” designed to compensate for loss of salary. It ranges between six months’ and one year’s pay depending on age and length of service in the Commons.
Please read this bit carefully.
An MP aged between 55 and 64 who has been in Parliament for 15 years will be paid a year’s salary – £64,766 at current rates. The first £30,000 is tax-free. In addition, all MPs can claim a maximum of £40,799 for “winding-up costs” to pay off staff and end office leases. Politicians also benefit from a generous final salary pension scheme heavily subsidised by the taxpayer.
Rip the arse out of expenses, all within the rules.
Apply for resettlement grant at taxpayer’s expense, all within the rules.
Apply for winding up expenses grant at taxpayer’s expense, all within the rules.
Keep pension pot at taxpayer’s expense, all within the rules.
Any other employee.
No taxpayer funded expenses.
No taxpayer funded resettlement grant.
No taxpayer winding up expenses.
No taxpayer funded pension pot.
If you lose your job or resign from your job you will not be able to claim back similar expenses from the taxpayer within the rules, unless you sign on and claim what you can from the benefits system, all within the rules of course.
Perhaps having a social conscience should be put back into the rules.