I read this morning on the BBC that Lords clock in and out of the Houses of Parliament for short periods just to claim the £300 daily expenses rate.
The culprit is a certain, before unknown to us plebs, Lord Hanningfield. He explained what happens when questioned about his own expenses. I bet he’s popular in the House of Lords bar at the moment! In July he claimed £5,700 for attending parliament but never voted or took part in any committees.
He justifies this by saying, according to the BBC, he spent half of the £300 daily fee on expenses and so did not really make any profit. Eh!?
Since when is £2,850 extra bonus income not profit?
Some rough maths:
£2,850 per month x 12 months = £34,000 per year for extra ‘expenses’
According to parliament.uk there was an average of 484 attendees in the House of Lords last year.
£34,000 x 484 = £16,456,000 = lots of wasted money gone to rich people = angry public