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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
MPs introduced new rules allowing them to claim £25 a night without a receipt
MPs have introduced new rules that allow them to claim £25 a night without producing a receipt.
The subsistence allowance, worth £9,125 a year, was introduced this month in a new parliamentary green book.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the rules were agreed by a small committee of MPs chaired by Speaker John Bercow and including Commons Leader Harriet Harman and her Tory shadow Alan Duncan.
The rules appear to have been approved without any debate in the Commons before MPs left for the summer recess.
In the wake of the expenses scandal in April, MPs voted for a series of measures that included the requirement of receipts for everything claimed.
But the green book for July, published on the Parliament website, states: "A flat-rate sum of £25 may be claimed for any night which a Member spends away from his or her main home on parliamentary business...
"No receipt is necessary in respect of the flat-rate payment for subsistence."
So that's sorted. Worth living in London all the time, for, I would suggest!
I imagine MPs living 30 miles or more up the road will be not going home until after mid-night! Was there really an outcry over this largesse? Seems a lifetime ago.