MPs expenses

OK - we all had good fun about this.  But now we have the final proposals for change. Do look and respond - you can do it online and it's well presented to make it easy.

I'm pretty comfortable with most of it except

MPs should not be allowed to "exploit" the system for personal gain.  Much damage was done by the "but it was within the rules" whinging of MPs.  It needs to be clear that claims should be within the spirit of the rules.

And all details must be published by the authorities as they are submitted (or as reasonably practical thereafter).  This is the best assurance that we can have that claims in future will be reasonable.

I think that the transitional arrangements are too long - up to 5 years.  MPs jobs should be insecure and if they make long term arrangements, they should take the risk.  Over to you ....

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