MPs are to be given meditation courses costing £20k a yr… and YOU decide up the tab
- MPs are set to start out taking mindfulness courses which will probably be paid by taxpayers
- Eight-week course, costing £20,000, will battle stress and be taught on-line
- The Lords’ most senior official, expressed ‘robust reservations’ concerning the service
Taxpayers are to fund ‘mindfulness’ courses for MPs costing £20,000 a yr.
The Home of Lords shunned plans for the meditation programme, warning of the expense at a time of hardship for a lot of.
Nevertheless, MPs are set to start out taking free courses, designed to fight stress, after Easter.
The eight-week programs of hour-long periods will initially be taught on-line.
The mindfulness courses will value £20,000 and will probably be footed by taxpayers
They are going to be supplied by Awaris, which boasts of ‘reworking organisations into ecosystems of humanity’.
The Lords’ most senior official, the Clerk of the Parliaments, expressed ‘robust reservations about providing this service to members freed from cost’ in accordance with an inside doc seen by the Mail.
Declaring that related providers – comparable to gymnasium courses – are paid for by friends, Edward Ollard stated: ‘This expenditure could be novel… and doubtlessly contentious, notably given the present fiscal local weather.’
However, the Home of Commons has agreed a one-year contract with Awaris to pay for a programme for MPs and employees.
A Commons spokesman stated periods had been out there since 2013 ‘for individuals who require it’.
The taxpayer will foot the invoice after the Oxford Mindfulness Centre – which supplied courses on a voluntary foundation, welcoming donations – scrapped its service final summer season.