MPs’ expenses: allowances for second home, office and staff can reach £160,000 on top of £64,000 salary

Backbench MPs are paid a basic salary of £64,766 and also receive free use of an office in Parliament.

But in order to help them work in both Westminster and their constituencies, they can claim a further £160,827 a year in staff, office and second home costs, as well as thousands more in travel.

The most controversial fund, now known as the Personal Additional Accommodation Expenditure, allows politicians to pay for the running of a second property away from the Commons or their constituencies…

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