Farepak and MPs Salary
A considerable amount of fuss has been made about whether or not MPs should donate £165 (a day's salary) to those who have lost money in Farepak.
I give more to charity in a year than £165 so the question is why Farepak?
Firstly, noone has contacted me from my constituency about the issue so it does not appear to be an issue in Yardley.
Secondly, for each MP who donates someone who lost a hamper at a value of £500 will get about a fifth of a penny. Hence if 600 MPs donate funds then people will get £12 towards a hamper. Enough really for a fish and chip dinner for a family of four.
Thirdly, why Farepak and not MG Rover.
Fourthly, why Farepak and not Save the Children or Help the Aged.
As far as I am concerned I will continue to support local youth groups rather than Farepak.
The important point about Farepak is why the advance monies were not kept in a trust account so if the company goes bust the money is not lost to the depositors. That, however, is the responsibility of the government. (DTI)
If there are any people in Yardley who have suffered from this then I will be happy to look at how we can make Christmas better for them, but not by giving them 0.2p.