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House leadership gives up govt housing

'Wanted to set an example' says Speaker Boldrini

House leadership gives up govt housing

Rome, March 28 - The Speaker and other officials in the House on Thursday formally gave up their government-provided housing amid Italy's economic woes and widespread popular resentment of political entitlements. House Speaker Laura Boldrini, the two deputy speakers and other officials called quaestors also vowed to cut down on using hired cars. The Speakers of the House and Senate announced last week they would also take 30% voluntary pay cuts in order to "set an example", said Boldrini, adding they were aiming to eventually slash 50% of the costs for parliamentarians including salaries and other expenses. According to figures last year, MPs make an estimated 16,000 euros per month, and Senators earn even more, the highest in the EU. Boldrini and Grasso also want to impose productivity standards that would require a five-day work week and double working hours.

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