Members of Parliament in Kent will now be able to claim another £230,000 in expenses each year after a controversial vote.
Eight of the area’s 23 MPs - all of them Labour - voted in favour of an additional £10,000 each, for promoting "public understanding" of their work. A cap on franked stationery of £7,000 was also introduced - £3,000 more than most MPs spend.
Eleven Kent MPs (all Conservative) - including North Thanet MP, Roger Gale, - opposed the new communications allowance, while four county MPs did not take part in the vote.
All MPs will now be entitled to claim the additional allowances.
Blair Gibbs, campaign director of the Taxpayers' Alliance, slammed the MPs who voted for the extra allowance.
He said: "They simply do not regard bigger allowances as an extra bill for taxpayers, but this will all have to be paid for and the cost of these new expenses will rise every year like all the others."
The new cash, which was voted for by a majority of 95 MPs in favour, is on top of their £20,000 office running costs allowance.