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Offline Jay9

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Cameron claims 11p off taxpayer
« on: 12 July 2014, 05:08:48 »
Would you bother claiming 11p from the taxpayer for a plastic ruler if you earned more than 100,000 a year? Or 8p for paperclips? Ken Clarke and Prime Minister David Cameron did. Business Secretary Vince Cable additionally claimed 43p for a pair of scissors.

The tiny - but revealing - details have emerged from the latest batch of MPs' expense claims that span pints of milk to paper clips. Almost 800 claims were for under 1. Petty but necessary?

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There's some previous form from the Prime Minister. Last year, for example, David Cameron claimed 7p back - for a bulldog clip. For someone who earns 142,500 a year, did he need to claim 7p, given the costs for administering such information costs the taxpayer many times over?

Currently MPs can put in for the pint-sized cash claims if they're deemed necessary to do their job (a ban on Commons expenses on mortgage interest payments was introduced in May 2010). Clearly the scheme is ponderous and, it seems, increasingly petty.

On the flip side, many of the costs are low. 11p for a plastic ruler is cheap. Mr Clarke clearly has an eye for value (a quick scan on eBay revealed far higher prices for very ordinary stationary items). Cheryl Gillan, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham managed to keep her calendar costs down...to 4p.

Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

3p for a car ride
One of the most astonishing cost claims was from ex defence secretary Liam Fox, whose office claimed 3p for a car journey of less than 100 metres in 2013 - that same year he put in a further 14 claims for car travel costs under 1.

Yet taxpayer cash and MPs' expenses continues to worry. Last year it emerged that near half of the Cabinet used tax-payers' cash to rent constituency office room from their own local parties.

Among the Tories spending tax payers money renting space, reported the Telegraph, were Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary and Francis Maude the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Claims under 15p...

4p calendar - Cheryl Gillan, Conservative for Chesham and Amersham
11p clear plastic ruler, 12 inch - Ken Clarke, Conservative
7p pencil sharpener - Liz Kendall, Labour, Leicester West
11p paper clips - Meg Hillier, Labour Hackney South and Shoreditch
8p Rapesco Foldback clips - Nick Smith, Labour, Blaenau Gwent

Download all the latest IPSA MPs' expense here.



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Re: Cameron claims 8p off taxpayer
« Reply #1 on: 12 July 2014, 08:43:37 »
these guys,especially our cabinet,haven't got to be so rich and powerful by letting anything they can get for nothing slip by

Offline Roco

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Re: Cameron claims 8p off taxpayer
« Reply #2 on: 15 July 2014, 21:57:17 »
these guys,especially our cabinet,haven't got to be so rich and powerful by letting anything they can get for nothing slip by
I figure it was for a  itemized claim for expenses made out by his accountant ,
I used to have to do the same, even down to a small bar of chocolate while working abroad,  Alcohol was make up your own expense claim , cigs were free issue
Women  was a grey area , the company policy only said it's allowable as entertaining ,
most I met where  ;)      :D
unless in the UK, then women had to give receipt and be VAT registered,
my hand went up first for a European tour , :D
my only regret I never stayed there,  I still think the UK is borked , even Scotland is thinking of leaving , followed by Wales ,  and Kernow  ain't happy ,
indeed times are a changing 1963 very prophetic IMHO
Watchmen: Bob Dylan - The Times They Are a-Changin' [HQ]


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