MPs to resist trimming of benefits despite hefty amount allocated

MPs to resist trimming of benefits despite hefty amount allocated

- South African Members of Parliament (MPs) have announced that they will fight back over the trimming of certain Parliament benefits

- The Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers will soon be reviewing the current benefits scheme for MPs

- Many MPs will fight to keep their benefits, and even increase some of them, despite the already large amount that is allocated to this section of Parliament

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The Independent Commission for Remuneration is due to review many of the Parliament benefits enjoyed by top-earning Members of Parliament (MPs).

Many of those MPs who would potentially lost some of their benefits have said that they will be resisting decisions to cut down on spending in this area, News24 reported.

According to the Sunday Times, African National Congress (ANC) MP, Peace Mabe, who is co-chair of the Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament, said that many fellow MPs would be upset if their benefits were lessened, after they had dedicated their time to “come and serve the country”.

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In fact, Mabe suggested that many MPs would ask for the benefits to be increased, as some have expressed disappointment at the current benefits available.

Briefly.co.za gleaned that it hasn’t been made clear which benefits will potentially be diminished.

A recent report said that taxpayers are paying about R120 million for current, as well as former MPs and their families’ airline tickets.

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Millions are also currently being spent on the wages of MPs who did not return to parliament this year.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier this year that the approximate amount of money spent on exiting MPs for “loss-of-office gratuity payments” in 2019 amounted to R76 million.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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