Pay-offs to departing MPs at the next election set to double after IPSA ruling

Severance pay given to departing MPs will double to £17,300 on the subsequent basic election. 

Former MPs’ “winding-up” interval has additionally been prolonged from eight weeks to 4 months, in an effort to make the transition from parliamentary work smoother and extra environment friendly. 

A spokesperson for the Impartial Parliamentary Requirements Authority, the physique that made the ruling as we speak, stated: “Following a public session earlier this yr, based mostly upon the proof out there to us and our personal expertise from earlier elections, we agreed that the winding-up interval is just too quick for former MPs and their workers to shut down their places of work and cope with excellent casework”.

They added: “It’s also unfair to anticipate these closing their places of work to take action as soon as their employment has ended. We due to this fact have prolonged it to permit a smoother transition for members of parliament and for his or her constituents.”


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To obtain the cost, MPs should display they’re truly winding down their places of work and dealing on constituency enterprise. 

“Winding-up” is anticipated to be significantly complicated this yr after the numerous boundary adjustments to constituencies, the primary adjustments since 2010, which is able to solely go away 55 of 533 English constituencies unchanged.

In response to the information, Lord Sikka, Emeritus Professor of Accounting on the College of Essex, has questioned whether or not the federal government would double redundancy cash for employees. “No probability”, he stated.

Additionally responding to the information, Conservative MP Bob Seely advised TalkTV: “I don’t assume folks resigning ought to be getting a payout. However that is an unbiased physique. I’m afraid to say we don’t get to vote on it until any person tells us that we do, and, frankly, I’m extra involved about coping with my constituency casework.”

He added: “I’m not significantly comfortable about this both as a result of it simply reveals us in a nasty gentle and regardless of the actual fact it’s an unbiased physique, everybody goes responsible us for it. It actually winds me up, frankly.”

The information of elevated funds comes after greater than 70 MPs have already introduced they won’t be standing on the subsequent election, together with 43 of the Conservative get together’s 353 MPs and eight of SNP’s 44 MPs.