I have commented a number of times about press stories and the sensationalist nature, but here is one from the Mirror, that I thought was just such a non-story.
In essence, MPs get a fixed price lunch and dinner in the Commons (£10 lunch, £15 dinner) and the VAT rise is being absorbed into the Cost.
The Mirror highlights disgust that the cost is not rising with the VAT rise and that MPs are getting ‘perks’.
It also highlights that the MP’s can claim the cost of the meals on expenses.
It fails to make the final link though, MPs don’t pay for it at all, the tax payer does. Therefore if the cost can be absorbed, and keep the overall price the same, then that is a good thing for the tax payer, not a bad thing. (Though it does lead to the question about were the meals too expensive to begin with?)