“MPs are to be banned from employing spouses and other relatives using taxpayers’ money.
Westminster sleaze watchdog the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority announced the ban as it published a revised version of the rulebook for MPs’ expenses claims.
The Press Association reported that chair Ruth Evans said Ipsa will stop paying for new staff members related to MPs from the time of the next general election, scheduled for 2020. Existing employees with close family or business links to MPs – known as “connected parties” – will not be affected.
After 2020, a member of staff who begins a relationship with an MP while working for him, or her, will have their contract ended after two years as partner or spouse.”