By John Smith • 03 April 2020 • 14:16
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APART from their salaries, members of both the Lower and Upper Houses in the Spanish Parliament receive an untaxed monthly travel allowance of between €917 and €1,958 depending upon whether they are an MP or a Senator.
This payment is still being made even though the majority of MPs and Senators are not travelling to Madrid but are working from home and the monthly cost to the state is in excess of €1 million.
Some MPs are giving up this payment and donating to charity, but by no means all.
In fairness, some have committed to rent properties in the capital to use when attending Parliament so that they need to keep paying landlords, but at least one MP who has donated his allowance to charity suggests that there are plenty of parliamentarians who should make the gesture for the good of the country.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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