Do the new expenses rules add up?
Expenses chief, Sir Ian Kennedy, head of the new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, has been considering proposals drawn up after a seven-month inquiry.
He said there would be "no second homes under the new rules" for MPs, instead they would be able to rent accommodation up to the value of a one-bedroom flat. He went on to say all claims would require receipts and payoffs to retiring MPs will be stopped.
However, he rejected the proposal that MPs should not be allowed to claim to employ any relative, saying they could offer "value for money". He said the "tough" rules were a "clear break" with the old discredited system.
Has IPSA got it right on new rules for MPs expenses? Do the new rules give the public value for money whilst allowing MPs to do their jobs? Is this a break with old system?