More than a third of MPs employ family members in their offices [Image: PA].

More than a third of MPs employ family members in their offices [Image: PA].

This one has a simple solution: Ban MPs from employing their relatives, and set a universal rate for MPs’ employees.

The desire to give members of one’s own family a ‘leg-up’ is perfectly understandable but this is abuse of the system.

Also, This Writer doesn’t accept a word of Ipsa’s lily-livered acceptance of current contracts.

In a country where junior doctors’ contracts are being terminated and replaced with a sexist, dangerous alternative, there is no reason whatsoever not to axe current contracts for MPs’ employees and substitute a reasonable replacement.

Or is it now Parliamentary policy only to do the wrong thing?

Family members employed by MPs are paid on average £5,600 more than other staff, a watchdog has revealed.

Pay of such “connected parties” has also risen at twice the rate of other staff, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) found.

The group called for a review of whether MPs should be allowed to employ relatives in the future, arguing jobs must not be “personal benefits”.

In total, 139 MPs employ family members at a public annual cost of about £4.5m.

The review will only apply to future staffing as the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said it would be “unfair and legally challengeable” to investigate existing contractual arrangements.

Source: MPs ‘pay relatives £5,600 more than other staff’, watchdog reveals – BBC News

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