One would have hoped that an annual salary of about £64,766 would have been enough incentive to attend. This is getting to be farcical especially when the general public are being laid off, put on short time, losing overtime and getting naff all interest from their savings.
For a start MP's will be voting on any proposals and I connot see them voting for anything which leaves them worse off. To my mind the solution is simple, set up a deal with someone like travelodge whereby any MP who has to stay overnight in london gets a room free of charge for how ever many nights they need to be there, this should not cost more than about £60 a night, they can pay for their own food. Money would be paid direct to the company, but this of course would not be accepted by the MP's as there would be no chance for fiddles.
Everything we spend in our business resolves around that. MPs are often businessmen/women or seem to soon become that when out of office. They should already have a good understanding of these principles.
In fact, in hindsight, I would guess they all do, it simply comes down to the basic fact that they set their own rules, and that, in my opinion, is the basic wrong here. There should be some sort of independent ombudsman to oversee the fairness and economic soundness of the system.
I would like to think that the majority of MPs, as in any role in any sector, will adhere to the rules. But the rules need to be correct in the first place.
Strikes me that this is not rocket science, and Lofty29 is on the right tracks. MPs need to look to the private sector.
As most of us are aware, the majority of companies have agreements of sorts with hotel chains. If a company employee needs accom, then this is booked through a Shared Services Facility, as are travel arrangements, if required. It's a very efficient and effective service.
The hotel booking service allows for accom, subsistence (usually evening meal), and sundry items such as newspaper, 2 or 3 items from the bar, etc. It's quite clearly laid out on the booking documentation what is included and to what value, and hotels are fully aware too. Anything outside of this, then the cost is borne by the employee.
I see no reason why this cannot be applied to MPs, apart from the fact that they would not like it. Tough.
The government is always talking about driving cost efficiencies here, there, and everywhere, but not in their own backyard, it would appear.
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