Scrap, or significantly reduce Tynwald members 'Expenses Allowance'

All members of Tynwald currently receive an annual allowance for 'expenses' of £6854.98. This is to cover 'expenses' such a phone calls, postage etc. This equates to £131 per week, per member

http://www.tynwald.org.im/memoff/remall/Pages/default.aspx

In this age of electronic communications, it is totally unrealistic to argue that any members are incurring genuine expenses of this magnitude. Most communication will be by e-mail. In any event, communicating with constituents etc. is simply 'part of the job' and should be covered from salary.

I would suggest that this allowance is now a total anachronism and should be removed.This would generate an immediate cash saving of £220,000 per annum.

MLC's do not even have any constituents to communicate with, so any personal expenses they incur must be minimal.

Whilst this concept of 'expenses' may have been defensible when the Island was swimming in cash, it is no longer affordable, or justifiable. It is an ideal candidate to be removed under the SAVE programme.

Furthermore, if the SAVE programme is to have any chance of success, we need to  see our politicians taking both action, and their share of any pain. This is an excellent way in which they could do both.

 

 

 

Why the contribution is important

One of the reasons that so little real progress on genuinely 'balancing the books' was made during the 'Bell years' was that Tynwald members fudged the issue of their own pension contributions in 2011, and totally lost the moral high ground when it came to any further savings or stealth taxes.

This would be a perfect opportunity to reverse that position, and to establish their own collective credibility, and practical support, for the SAVE initiative.

Failure to grasp this type of opportunity will condemn the SAVE initiative, before it really starts.

 

by TonyQ on April 14, 2017 at 05:10PM

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  • Posted by Yukiyama April 14, 2017 at 17:47

    I am not sure they all pay car tax !!!!!
  • Posted by DragonX April 14, 2017 at 22:14

    The expenses payment does not include travel on, or off island, which is paid separately - this allowance has also increased by £3000 over 10 years, when the cost of administration has fallen - most members are issued with iPads and/or phones, so no phones costs need to be incurred , most communications are via email, including the distribution of papers.
    There should be an assessment made of the actual average costs incurred by members during their terms ( this allowance is also not for political campaigning) to find out exactly what this is needed for ..
  • Posted by DragonX April 16, 2017 at 12:51

    Should MLC' be paid pro rata for the hours worked?
  • Posted by bofs0802 April 29, 2017 at 14:00

    Rather than a standard amount it would make more sense for MHK and MLC to keep a log of any expenses relating to their work for constituents or Tynwald. They could then be reclaimed. Their travelling expenses should be organised by civil servants. Expenses such as meals would be claimed back upon sight of receipts.
    MHK should not travel first class if they do.
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