Reduce the amount of recess (non sitting) days there is for Parliament

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Reduce the amount of recess (non sitting) days there is for Parliament


Currently this is the time Parliament is closed:


2 weeks in February

2 weeks in Easter

1 week in May

1 week for WhitSun

6 weeks for Summer

3.5 weeks for Conference

1 week in November

2.5 weeks for Christmas


On average a Teacher earns £22,917 and gets the school holidays off (around 13 weeks) and an MP earns an average of £77,379 and gets 19 weeks of recess (no sitting Parliament).


So we assume teachers get paid less but do get more holiday due to school times,    but MPs get 37% more leave than teachers and earn 70.4% more too!


Parliament doesn’t sit for long enough. It only sits for 63.5% of the year! Now if that was a school attendance or a work attendance rate, serious meetings/ hearings would be had, so why is it that our MPs have all this time off. Statutory annual leave is 5.6 weeks and MPs don’t have to go to Parliament for 19 weeks in the year.


Most shocking is they get 6 weeks off for the summer, to which they return to the House for one week,, before they close for another 3.5 weeks for the party conferences!


To summarise, our Parliament needs to be open for more than 63.5% of the year, hence this petition 

 



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