Thursday, 2 June 2011
Politicians claimed a staggering £3.2m in expenses in just two months, while less than £5,000 of claims were turned down.
The week that Lord Taylor of Warwick was imprisoned over expenses fraud, it has been revealed that MPs claimed an average of £4,923.08 each in January and February. MPs' expenses are published for scrutiny after a scandal erupted in 2009 that led to the jailing of four MPs and the Tory peer.
There were almost 25,000 claims during the two-month period with 84 MPs turned down by regulator the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Among those who had a claim turned down, Education Secretary Michael Gove was denied £7.50-worth of ineligible calls from a phone bill.
The amount spent on payment cards - originally issued to MPs to pay for travel - has also been published for the first time with £880,000 racked up.
Posted by John Hardon at 19:21