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200 Ex-Mps Embroiled In Expenses Row Over £10M Golden Goodbyes

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when you thought it can't get any worse

here we go

cuts recession blah blah blah???

200 ex-MPs embroiled in expenses row over £10m golden goodbyes

Nicholas Cecil, Chief Political Correspondent


Parliament was hit by a new expenses row today over “golden goodbyes” totalling up to £10 million to more than 200 former MPs.

They include a string of politicians caught up in the expenses scandal who are entitled to five-figure sums after standing down or losing their seat.

Taxpayers will be left to foot the huge bill as many families are forced to tighten their belts further in the economic crisis. On leaving the Commons, MPs are eligible for a resettlement grant of up to a year's salary, depending on their age and years of service, with the first £30,000 tax-free.

Critics say the payouts are too generous, compared with those in the private sector, and especially for MPs stepping down voluntarily. A study by the TaxPayers' Alliance found that 218 MPs who were either defeated or quit at the general election could claim grants totalling £10.4 million — or on average £47,706 each.

They include former MP Douglas Hogg, 65, who put in a bill for the cleaning of the moat at his country home and is entitled to £64,766; “duckhouse” ex-MP Sir Peter Viggers, 72, who can claim £32,383 and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, 47, who is eligible for £32,383 and whose husband billed the taxpayer for adult movies, according to the TaxPayers' Alliance.

Its research showed that MP couple Julie Kirkbride, 49, and Andrew Mackay, 60, who were dubbed “Mr and Mrs Expenses” and forced to stand down over their claims, are entitled to £32,383 and £64,766 respectively. Most MPs are believed to take the special payments but some have in the past declined to accept it. MPs are fully entitled to the payouts under the allowances regime but it is undergoing a major overhaul after being heavily criticised. A number of former MPs who have been elevated to the Lords are also entitled to the “golden goodbyes” from the Commons.

But the Senior Salaries Review Body has recommended that MPs — and only those who lose their seat rather than step down — should be entitled to a month's salary for every year of service up to a limit of nine months' pay.

John O'Connell, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This vast sum of money will be frustrating for taxpayers, particularly after the expenses scandal. MPs should be aware that they are entering a contract with a fixed term — if they're voted out it's the end of the contract, not a redundancy.”

London politicians in line for pay-off

Fifteen former London MPs can claim more than £700,000 from the taxpayer to help them adjust to non-parliamentary life.

They include former health minister Ann Keen, who was MP for Brentford and Isleworth and was criticised for claiming, together with her MP husband Alan Keen, for a flat near parliament even though they also had a constituency home just nine miles away.

She can claim £54,403, according to the study, while former Home Office minister Tony McNulty, who claimed tens of thousands of pounds for a Harrow constituency home where his parents were living, is entitled to £40,154.

Former youth minister Dawn Butler, who billed the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds for a property in Wembley while also having a home in Stratford, can claim £32,383.

Derek Conway, who was stripped of the Tory whip and forced to repay thousands of pounds after employing his son while he was at university, can claim £32,383.


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There are rules around redundancy where the "law" makers have sat around their little table discussing whats "fair", here is the outcome

The amount of redundancy pay will be calculated as –

* 0.5 week’s pay for each full year of service where age during year less than 22

* 1.0 week’s pay for each full year of service where age during year is 22 or above, but less than 41

* 1.5 weeks’ pay for each full year of service where age during year is 41+

There is a maximum amount they have to pay against to - £350 (per week).

The length of service is only counted up to 20 years.

Admittedly this is the lowest denominator, some companies pay a month per year or more, however, surely the state should be paying similar to that which they pay someone who's company can't pay them their redundancy e.g a maximum of £10,500 dependent on age and service or am I being unreasonable?


2nd thoughts, don't pay them a f*cking bean.

If they resigned they're not entitled (just as normal people aren't entitled to benefits) and if they've been voted out it's because they are tossers and don't deserve anything either!

This countries politicians really have feathered their own nests!

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