THE BODY set up to manage Parliamentary expenses should be scrapped, an MP has said.

Winchester Conservative Steve Brine said MPs should instead be handed their staffing and office costs on top of their salary, to save bureaucratic admin costs.

He was speaking as new suggestions for reforming MPs’ pay were put forward, including docking the salaries of MPs with second jobs, and reforming the pension system. The consultation was launched by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), set up in the wake of the expenses scandal to manage MP remuneration.

But many MPs have criticised the new regime, saying it is cumbersome.

MPs have to declare any extra sources of income, as well as directorships held and gifts received. Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is a director of Dinenages Ltd, trading as Horndean-based