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02/04/2010 01:21 PM ID: 82760 Permalink   

MPs Told to Repay £1.1 Million Worth of Expenses


The MP expense scandal in the UK has come to a head today with the publication of a report by Sir Thomas Legg recommending Members of Parliament repay a total of £1.12 million back to the government for expense claims taken out against their second homes.

The higher repayment figure of £42,458 is believed to be attributed to Junior Minister Barbara Follett, who was granted £34,776 for mobile security patrols and £8,908 for six telephone lines at her second home between April 2004 and November 2008.

The Report, costing £1.6 million, highlights two other MPs with expense totals in excess of £40,000; 56 MPs have been asked to repay between £5,000 and £40,000, and 182 have had demands between £1,000 and £5,000, with a further 149 repaying £100-£1,000.

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  What gets me...  
It cost £1.6m, to find out MPs owed £1.12m. Expenses controversy aside, there´s a perfect example of our Governments Efficiency right there! :P
  by: spacechimp     02/04/2010 02:34 PM     
  As for proof reading  
"One The higher repayment" should have read "One of the higher repayment". Can an admin fix that for me please? Sorry about that.
  by: spacechimp     02/04/2010 02:36 PM     
Title says dollars which is incorrect as £1.12 is far more than $1.1m.

A lot of the MPs will appeal and since they´ll basically be judging their own appeals won´t have to pay. Justice at its finest.
  by: Anost1   02/04/2010 03:17 PM     
  That´s what happens when  
You have to post and run.... Admin, can you please fix this as well. Cheers, beer´s on me :)

But yeah, a few have already appealed and had their repayments reduced. However I´m not certain it´s being handled by the MPs themselves.

The best thing to come out of all this is it´s massively shaken public confidence in our glorious leaders. Me, I wouldn´t piss on Gordon Brown or any of the Labour party if they were on fire!
  by: spacechimp     02/04/2010 07:55 PM     
  I bet we don´t have...  
a quarter of what they really owe.

Using the converter I came up with this. 1,120,000.00 GBP = 1,765,192.88 USD.

  by: captainJane     02/05/2010 12:38 AM     
  @ Space. :)  
I am thinking, what else is going on in the background while this subject is in the media. The last time some law was being changed, we has always have diversion when something is else is being arranged for our lives. :(
  by: captainJane     02/05/2010 01:03 AM     
Is just the expenses. They´re paid £60k / year at the very least, all the way up and above £100k at the top. All that money, when people still live in poverty in this country. All that, and it´s *still* not enough, they still take more. Makes me sick.
  by: Maxx20     02/05/2010 10:46 AM     
  @Jane & Maxx  
It´s true, that´s exactly what I thought.

If this is a smokescreen it´s possibly to divert attention from the Iraq enquirey. Give us plebs something closer to home to bitch about.

On the up side.. It looks like 4 MPs are actually going to be charged over this:

Will have to wait and see. Even if convicted I doubt they´ll get anything more than a slap on the wrists.
  by: spacechimp     02/05/2010 12:33 PM     
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