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Stop subsiding MPs food and beverages

Submitted on Saturday 19th November 2022

Rejected on Thursday 24th November 2022

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: no-action (see below for details)

Petition Action

Stop subsiding MPs food and beverages

Petition Details

Stop using taxpayers’ money to subsidise MPs. At times where people are struggling to feed their children and pay their mortgages it is cruel and embarrassing for MPs many of whom contributed to the current economic crisis with their actions and inactions to benefit from taxpayer subsidies

Additional Information

Lead by example. If we are all in this together, show you are prepared not to waste more taxpayers’ money on yourselves. As well as reducing the tax burden on people who work hard to feed you instead of their children you’ll be showing us how to create efficiency

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

Petitions need to call on the Government or Parliament to take a specific action. We're not sure exactly what you'd like the Government or Parliament to do.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for deciding on MPs' expenses and pay, including expenses for subsistence. IPSA is independent of both Parliament and Government. You can find out more about IPSA here: http://www.theipsa.org.uk

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: www.parliament.uk/site-information/foi/transparency-publications/hoc-transparency-publications/catering-services/transparency-reporting-catering-services/

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

Raise prices for House of Commons catering services to enable full cost recovery: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/622377

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