Italy Parliament votes to cut MP seats to save money

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    Italy’s parliament has voted to cut the number of representatives in both houses by more than a third in a bid to save money.

    The BBC says the lower house approved a law to reduce the number of MPs from 630 to 400 and senators from 315 to 200.

    They say it will streamline parliament and save hundreds of millions in salaries and expenses, namely €1bn over 10 years.

    Critics however say the move will weaken democracy and increase the influence of lobbyists.

    The new law is potentially subject to a confirmatory referendum as it makes changes to the Italian constitution.

    If approved, the new law should come into effect after the next elections which are due in 2023.