The MP for Barking defended her expenses claims today after figures showed they exceeded the average in the House of Commons.
Margaret Hodge spent £151,279, up from £128,646 last year, compared to around £137,000 on average in Westminster.
The Labour MP chairs the Commons public accounts committee, which scrutinises government expenditure.
She said: “We do need resources to support our work – my office receives more than 100 letters and emails a week from people who need my help.
“The vast majority of my money goes on employing the staff I need to provide a good service.
“MPs are funded by the taxpayer and we have a duty to use that money responsibly – particularly at a time when our constituents are having to be careful with every penny they spend.
“People should feel they get value for money out of us. I work as hard as possible to make sure that people in the borough feel they get value from the work I do.”
Figures published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority yesterday showed the 650 MPs in Westminster had collectively claimed £89.4million or £137,538 per parliamentarian in 2011/12.
Meanwhile Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP Dagenham & Rainham, claimed £125,134 compared to about £104,370 last year.
Mr Cruddas said his claims had increased after moving from an office in Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, to a more prominent location in New Road.
He said: “People want to know where money goes. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has a good system.
“The expenses relate to running a large office in Dagenham, dealing with local residents’ concerns.
“We are based on New Road and rent is about £12,000 a year and the rest of the expenses cover postage, phones, stationary etc.”