Expenses Scandal Mark 2? New Labour Parasites Margaret Hodge and John Cruddas Suck Even More from the Taxpayer

'Value for money': Margaret Hodge claimed around £151,000 this year    Move: Jon Cruddas increased his claim by around £20,000 after moving to more prominent offices in Dagenham



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.”

Read on:  http://www.bdpost.co.uk/news/mp_for_barking_claimed_more_than_commons_average_1_1509308


4 thoughts on “Expenses Scandal Mark 2? New Labour Parasites Margaret Hodge and John Cruddas Suck Even More from the Taxpayer


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  3. Hodge was involved in institutional child abuse cover up.


    • Quink: Your rate reflect your need for hols and peausmrbly also the contingency of sick and special days off – possibly with insurance.Supply teachers ditto. Most agency workers are not in remotely similar circumstances. Their pay is in single figures per hour. And very often they are used for permanant jobs. On my freelance work I have to allow for lack of holiday pay and in general for lack of fillign 100% of capacity. And where I do assignment work I do get holiday pay in the form of a lump sum pro rata to days worked in any quarter.


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