Thursday, 6 September 2012

£89m! MPs' expenses soar by more than a quarter in just a year


MPs claimed £89.4million last year in taxpayer funding for accommodation, travel, staffing and other costs

The amount spent by MPs on expenses soared by more than a quarter in just one year.

Despite the expenses scandal three years ago, MPs claimed £89.4million last year in taxpayer funding for accommodation, travel, staffing and other costs.

This is up from £71million the year before, but the expenses watchdog said that figure was unusually low because of the 2010 election, which meant a shorter parliamentary year.

And failed Labour leadership candidate David Miliband took the number two spot on staffing costs. Former PM Gordon Brown claimed £127,197 despite hardly ever attending the Commons.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed almost £170 on petrol for his intern's motorbike, and Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman claimed £7,500 for a focus group of young people following last year's riots.

Sir Ian Kennedy, chairman of IPSA, said the figures showed that the 'expenses scandal is behind us', and that 99 per cent of MPs were sticking to the new rules. (Read further: Source)


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