Rejected petition Remove daily food allowance and subsidised food and alcohol for MP’s

The UK government should no longer use tax payer money to subsidise the cost of food and alcohol for MP’s, and should no longer provide them with a daily allowance of £25 for food and drink. With a £3000 pay rise, MP’s should pay for their food themselves!

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The UK Parliament has just voted against providing free school meals to impoverished children during the holidays, yet they sit there with subsidised food, allowances and massive pay rises! MP’s who already receive a handsome pay rate should not be receiving free and cheaper food while children starve over the holidays. Tax money should go to helping the people not to reducing living expenses of rich MP’s.

This petition was rejected

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the UK Government or Parliament is not responsible for.

The UK Government and Parliament aren't responsible for setting MPs' pay or expenses. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for deciding on MPs' expenses and pay. IPSA is independent of both Parliament and Government.

You can find out more about IPSA here: https://www.theipsa.org.uk/about-us/

MPs may claim for the cost of purchasing food and non-alcoholic drinks where they have stayed overnight outside the London Area and their constituency. This is limited to £25 for each night they have stayed, but the claims can be for purchases made during the day.

We have published the following petition, which you might like to sign:

Increase food and drink prices for MPs in House of Commons catering venues: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/555565

The House of Commons Catering service does not provide a subsidised service in the commercial sense of the word. Some venues make a profit, while in other venues the cost of providing the service does exceed the income received in sales due to the irregular hours and unpredictability of parliamentary business. The House of Commons publishes details of the cost of House of Commons catering services: https://www.parliament.uk/site-information/foi/transparency-publications/hoc-transparency-publications/catering-services/transparency-reporting-catering-services/

Customers of the House of Commons Catering Services include some of the 650 MPs but also around 14,500 other pass-holders, many of whom are staff on lower wages that work irregular hours. In addition, members of the public and non pass holding visitors to Parliament also have access to these services. The irregular hours and the unpredictability of Parliamentary business contribute to increasing the net cost of providing a catering service. To offset this many of the restaurants, dining room facilities and their staff, are used to cater for private events at times when they are not required by the House. This is one of a number of measures used to reduce costs.

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