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Friday, 8 May 2009

Expenses disclosure

So the papers are carrying the story about ministers' expenses.

Good.

Let's have some accountability. Let's have some reform of the expenses system so that the sorts of things that people usually have to pay for from their wages are excluded.
My take would be along the lines that:
Attendance should be rewarded, non-attendance punished. Thumbs up to Gordie on that one.
Rent should be covered for the second home that is a necessity of doing the job.
Travel.
Office expenditure.

After that, there's not too much that should be allowed. Staff should NOT be paid out of expenses but rather a central fund.

Outside interests should be clamped down on.

There's probably other things. Ideally, there would be a debate on this but i'd need people to read this first

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