MPs will have to submit receipts when they claim office expenses worth more than £25 per item, it was announced today.
The new rule will not cover food, where the system currently allows MPs to claim up to £400 a month without providing receipts to spend on food while they are away from home.
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.
MSPs from far-flung areas of the country should continue to be able to claim for renting flats or staying in hotels in Edinburgh – but not for paying mortgage interest. The recommendation came in the report of an independent review body set up to scrutinise MSPs' allowances. Several MSPs have bought houses using the scheme under current rules.
But Sir Alan Langlands, who led the review, said: "What's wrong with it is that I don't think it's a proper use of public money."