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New expenses chaos as MPs clash with watchdog

Publié par Clifford Armion le 14/06/2010

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Francis Elliott, Sam Coates

"The supervision of MPs' allowances following the expenses scandal is in chaos after the head of the new body in charge complained to party whips about abuse of his staff.

"Tensions between the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), headed by Andrew McDonald, and MPs are boiling over, with bitter complaints that the new system is failing. Nick Clegg will be dragged into the row later this week when politicians vent their anger at what they claim is an overly bureaucratic and poorly managed scheme in the Commons. The system is in chaos, said David Winnick, the Labour MP for Walsall North. All our hopes that the problems over expenses would be resolved have been totally undermined by Ipsa.

"New rules on staffing, housing and office costs are unclear and efforts to clarify them are often frustrated, say MPs. Some claim that they have been left tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket because of delays in authorising allowances; others claim that the new rules are being applied inconsistently."

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"New expenses chaos as MPs clash with watchdog", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2010. Consulté le 18/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/new-expenses-chaos-as-mps-clash-with-watchdog