Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “MPs should remain free to employ family members, but only on the proviso that they are subject to the highest levels of transparency about who is being paid how much and for what.
“This information needs to be readily available for constituents to scrutinise so that they can hold their MP to account and, if appropriate, ask searching questions about the arrangements. Openness and transparency are vital if the public are to be confident that the system is not being abused as people would certainly have concerns if family members were getting better pay deals than MPs' other staff.”
He added: “The same rules should apply throughout the public sector. Taxpayers will rightly be angry to see people being hired to work for another MP so soon after receiving a sizeable pay-off.”
“This costly revolving door culture has been halted elsewhere in the public sector and MPs' staff should not be exempt from this. IPSA is right to highlight this problem and should now look at stopping these avoidable pay-outs.”