MP’s expense claims rise in a year

September 7th, 2012 - 8:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Sept 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Official figures show that the expenses for the MPs have gone up immensely as compared to what politicians spent before the expenses scandal.

The bill rose to nearly 90 million pounds which is an increase by a quarter. Politicians are said to have spent the money on staffs, second homes, office costs, traveling and the acquisition of dozens of iPads. The figure differs slightly and is relatively lower to the one in the run-up before the expenses scandal.

The expenses scandal occurred in the year 2009 and rocked Westminster after it was exclusively exposed by the daily telegraph. It’s important to note that before the expenses crises which rocked Westminster from 2008-2009, members of parliament claimed a whooping 95.6 million pounds which interestingly fell to 90.7 million pounds after the scandal. Of the 35,315 claims, which were submitted by the members of parliament, only seven were not met.

All in all, a sum of 89.4 million pounds was handed to 650 MPs in the period 2011-2012. During the period, about 50 iPads were purchased together with a number of apple accessories. Liberal democrats topped the claims with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown getting 127,197 which were attributed to expenses and staffing costs. The incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron is said to have claimed 5,617 a huge chunk of which covered costs associated to the office.

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