Posted by: John | April 8, 2009

Three cheers to Nick Clegg

Lib Dem Voice had the scoop

Go for it Nick – and tackle any of our lot that with subsidised capital gains.

MPs should be told: Either rent or stay in a hotel (if you live outside Greater London)

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  1. I do not agree with this. It is actually cheaper for the taxpayer for MPs to buy their own properties and have the cost of capital covered by parliament. I accept that all the silly things should stop, but if those people currently in purchased properties move into rented properties this will cost the taxpayer more.

  2. One of the problems with this is that I doubt any other worker would be allowed to do this ie gaining something that is permanent on taxpayers money?

    Would the capital idea mean that they can go up to the ceiling of c£21k? I think most people find that objectionable when you can rent somewhere for 13k a year. Yes, I know we’re talking small sums in comparison to other expenditure yet the MPs have been hoist on their own petard.

    Most reasonable people assume (particularly during a recession) that the kind of properties MPs should be paid for are thus:

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/property-23730374.html?locationIdentifier=REGION87539&sortByPriceDescending=false&minBedrooms=1&pageNumber=6&backToListURL=%2Fproperty-to-rent%2Ffind.html%3FlocationIdentifier%3DREGION%255E87539%26sortByPriceDescending%3Dfalse%26minBedrooms%3D1%26index%3D50

    If that doesn’t work there are plenty of one bed flats near Parliament costing 17k a year with which most people would be delighted.

  3. What I said was that the silly things should stop. Paying an MP, for example, 13K to “rent” their own flat is cheaper than a Dolphin Square flat at 17K. It does depend, however, upon the amount paid which should not be 23K.

    It is also important to note that people who have bought accommodation recently will be facing a reduction in value, not an increase.

    I have no objection to moving to Dolphin Square – I live in a Westminster ALMO flat. It is simply that this would cost more to the taxpayer and I believe that in setting policy we should take into account the need to minimise costs.


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