Monday, April 02, 2007

How Much is Enough?

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.


Anonymous said...

Let us hope that the 8 Labour MPs view this as a last opportunity to put their snouts in the trough before their impending demise. We,the put apon taxpayers of middle England will have our say soon!

Anonymous said...

What a shame that you have had to put comment moderation back on!

DrMoores said...

I'm probably more annoyed than anyone else and once our sad obsessive anonymous friend loses interest , I'll turn it back off again.

Funny as it may seem, this website should be seen as a place where readers can argue and discuss local issues intelligently and courteously, it's not provided as a platform for the vindictive and spiteful, hiding behind anonymity, to take cheap shots at me or anyone else.

He appears to think that my working with the SDP leadership in the early 80's is evidence of something sinister but Lord knows what as it's all on the record.

Anonymous said...

It's a pity we can't put these greedy swine in the gibbet you posted earlier! Do they seriously believe the public will consider them to be worth this hike? As anon said earlier lets hope this is their last chance to stuff their pockets with our cash. Certainly if I were Prosser or Ladyman I would be looking for a new job.