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IT is encouraging to see Sir Alan Langlands recommending major changes to the runaway Holyrood gravy train that has become MSPs allowances.
THE controversial scheme which helps some MSPs buy homes in the Scottish capital at the public's expense should be scrapped, a review body said yesterday.
AN MP has called for a crackdown on Cabinet Ministers who get grace-and-favour homes in the capital but are still able to claim expenses to keep up their second homes.
HENRY McLeish and Jack McConnell will be laughing all the way to the bank. MSPs are set to axe one of the biggest perks of leaving Bute House: the £38,000-a-year pension enjoyed by former First Ministers from the moment they leave office.
GORDON Brown is urging MPs to reject an inflation-busting pay rise and instead fall into line with more modest settlements for public servants.
THE House of Commons is set to give up the right to vote through MPs' pay rises – and the move could ensure them a heftier pay package.
GORDON Brown yesterday told MPs that they would have to settle for a pay rise of below 2 per cent to set an example to public-sector workers facing the same squeeze.
MSPs are in line for a bumper pay rise of more than £5,000 over three years – thanks to their Westminster colleagues.
JIM Mather, the Holyrood enterprise minister, will not put his shares, currently worth around £350,000, into a "blind trust" despite concerns over a potential conflict of interest.
POLITICIANS who quit or lost their seats at this year's Holyrood elections have received more than £1.1 million in pay offs from the taxpayer.
LOTHIANS MSPs are calling for the inquiry into Scottish Parliament allowances to award them more cash to do their job and employ extra staff.
PRESSURE was growing yesterday to scrap the Edinburgh accommodation allowance after it was revealed ten former MSPs could gain more than £1 million from the scheme.
GEORGE Reid, Holyrood's Presiding Officer yesterday called for a "radical" overhaul of MSPs' expenses, claiming the
POLITICIANS at Westminster and Holyrood have been made to share the pain with public sector workers after they were effectively given a pay cut.
JACK McConnell, the First Minister, received more than 100 gifts in 2005 - including an elephant statue and four cases of Tennent's Lager.
PUBLIC service unions reacted angrily yesterday to claims that MPs are pushing for a pay rise of up to 66 per cent to take their salaries to £100,000 a year.
MPS are pushing for a pay hike of up to 66% to take their salaries to £100,000 a year, it was reported last night.
TONY Blair defended beleaguered John Prescott yesterday, after David Cameron cast aside the Conservatives' reluctance to attack the Deputy Prime Minister over his personal crisis.