Last month, leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling MP, announced the House of Commons recess dates up to January 2017, revealing that MPs will not be sitting in the Commons for around 142 days, or 20 full weeks of the coming year*.
That includes 18 days off for Easter, 46 days for the summer and a 25 day break in September/ October…any many more. However, many MPs claim to do constituency work during recess, but they are currently under no obligation to do so.
As Parliament returns from its Easter break today, BMG asked 1,500 UK adults what they thought about the amount of time that MPs have off a year.
The results revealed three quarters of the British public think MPs have too much time off (75%), around one in eight think MPs have about the right amount of time off a year (12%), just 4% claim they have too little and 9% don’t know.
A closer look at the data reveals older respondents are much more likely to think MPs have too much time off a year compared with over eight in ten of those aged 65+ thinking so (83%) compared with just six in ten 18 to 24s (60%).
Those who tend to distrust the government are also much more likely to think MPs have too much time off (85%) compared with those who trust the government (70%).
Supporters of all the major political parties are in agreement that MPs have too much time off, with 82% of Ukippers thinking so, followed by more than three quarters of Conservative and Labour supporters (78% and 77% respectively) and 73% of Lib Dems.
Readers can interrogate the data for themselves using the menu in the chart below.
*We have calculated our weeks as a 7-day working week, therefore including weekends.
Data tables containing a breakdown of the results can be found here.
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