DIANE ABBOTT AND JEREMY CORBYN’S EXPENSES CLAIMS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED TO THE WEBSITE MPSEXPENSES.INFO
In this article, I’m going to talk you through the expenses claims from Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn and compared it to Jacob Rees-Mogg, a backbench Conservative MP.
This is not a ‘news’ piece as I am adding my opinion, hence the ‘opinion’ category tag, but the information I will provide you in this article is correct to the best of my knowledge.
Starting with Mrs Abbott, who has been an MP for more than two decades.
According to https://www.mpsexpenses.info the Shadow Home Secretaries expenses excluded staff and travel costs stand at an eye-watering £26,797.
This is for the financial year of 2018-2019 (1st April 2018 – 31st March 2019)
An example of the expenses claims includes ‘July Banner invoice for stationery’ (£2,624.40), ‘Fees due for research, stakeholder engagement, writing and event management’ (£2,528.00) and ‘Fees for writing, research and digital content management’ (£928.00).
Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, claimed ‘only’ £10,422 during the same financial year. Around £16,000 less than his colleague, Mrs Abbott.
An example of Mr Corbyn’s expenses claims include items such as ‘Office rent’ (“2.097), ‘Parliamentary Research Services’ (£1,200) and ‘October XMA invoice for stationery’ (£441).
In February it was reported that MPs were set for a pay rise of 2.7%. This will increase their salary to £79,468. There was a 1.8% rise last year, 1.4% in 2017, 1.3% in 2016.
Releasing a statement on the payrise, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The decision taken today is independent of government and Parliament. What government sets are ministerial salaries and they have been frozen since 2010.”
It makes you think that maybe these MPs should be covering their own costs.
If we take a look at Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG chairman, he is a prime example, in my view, of what all MPs should look to shadow.
Mr Rees-Mogg claimed for the 18/19 financial year excluding staff and travel costs £889.
Around £25,000 less than Mrs Abbott!
I’m angry at how much us taxpayers are covering for MPs. What do you think?
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