Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Ian Denies 'Watering Down' Expenses Reforms

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Ian Denies 'Watering Down' Expenses Reforms

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THE head of the new parliamentary expenses watchdog yesterday denied "watering down" plans backed by all the main party leaders to reform the current system of payments.

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, the chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), insisted he was committed to making a "clear and clean break with the past".

However a new consultation paper issued by Ipsa included a number of significant changes to the blueprint for reform drawn up the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Sir Christopher Kelly.

Under the new proposals, MPs with constituencies located just outside London will still be able to claim for their second homes, even though Sir Christopher said they should be barred if they were within "reasonable commuting distance" of Parliament.

Ipsa said MPs should be given the chance to vote on the Kelly report's recommendation that any profits they make on the sale of second homes bought with taxpayer-funded mortgages should be returned to the Exchequer. …

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