Peer claims £300 a day in expenses to walk 200 yards to work at House of Lords

Baroness Wilcox lives in a £4.5million home 200 yards from the House of Lords, but bills taxpayer up to £5,700 a month for walk to work.

 

Baroness Wilcox, a former Tory minister, has been accused of exploiting a new tax-free payment of up to £300 a day

Baroness Wilcox, a former Tory minister, has been accused of exploiting a new tax-free payment of up to £300 a day Photo: UPPA

 

By , Political Correspondent

 

A House of Lords peer has been criticised for claiming up to £5,700 a month for walking to work from her £4.5million home just 200 yards away.

Baroness Wilcox, a former Tory minister, has been accused of exploiting a new tax-free payment of up to £300 a day which those who live in London benefit from the most.

The 74-year-old former Cadbury Schweppes director, who has taken home £74,400 in parliamentary attendance allowances, has not broken any rules.

A number of other peers are also thought to be claiming the allowance despite living in and around Westminster.

Labour MP John Mann said: “It is a scandal as big as the MPs’ expenses scandal.

 

Baroness Wilcox, a former Cadbury Schweppes director, has taken home £74,400 in parliamentary attendance allowances (UPPA)

 

“There is a lack of transparency, no evidence even whether these people stay around once they have signed for their money.

“The place is mired in sleaze, people doing business deals, exploiting their position, and the abuse of expenses is just one strand of it.”

An analysis by the Daily Mail newspaper found that 124 of the 161 Lords who live in London claimed the daily allowance this year.

They claimed £763,350 in the first two months of this year and it is estimated the annual bill could come in at around £3.8million.

It comes a day after the disgraced Lord Sewel quit the House of Lords after his cocaine-fuelled sex party with prostitutes was exposed.

In secret footage from the party, Baron Sewel criticised fellow peers for claiming “free money” for doing not much.

 

Lord Sewel, left, and the Sun’s expose of his activities

 

A House of Lords spokesperson said: “The allowance introduced in 2010 is based on attendance, not residence.

“Members of the House of Lords are not paid a salary.They can claim £300 or £150 for every day they attend the House and undertake parliamentary work. This system has been in place since 2010. Only members outside of greater London may claim travel costs.

“Members are expected to pay for any costs associated with attending the House such as their London accommodation, as well any staff costs from this. The total costs of Lords expenses in 2013/14 was £21.4m. which equates to 6p a month for each UK tax payer.”

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Previous rules meant that only peers who deemed their main residence to be outside London were permitted to claim an overnight allowance of £174 to cover the cost of a hotel, rent or mortgage payments.

 

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/11769736/Peer-claims-300-a-day-in-expenses-to-walk-200-yards-to-work-at-House-of-Lords.html

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4 Responses to “Peer claims £300 a day in expenses to walk 200 yards to work at House of Lords”

  1. ian says:

    I’m surprised anyone’s surprised. Entitlement, superiority, arrogance, greed, and a good dose of psychopathy, are necessary to be in government, and more so to be in the house of lords. They’re special. Morals and laws are for us lesser mortals.

  2. Aldous says:

    I’m sure there’s more to this – and similar ‘expenses’ stories – than meets the eye. Wilcox clearly doesn’t need the money and at 74 (75 this coming Halloween) and with one foot in the grave, she can’t take any of it with her.

    So why claim it? Arrogance? Contempt? Parasitism? Maybe all three, but is the agenda here to keep real news off the front pages while ratcheting-up the national debt and tax-take of the stupid goyim to pay for it all? Was it Marx or Lenin who said that the middle classes will be destroyed by squeezing them between inflation and taxation?

    After all, how can a country like the UK, over £1 Trillion in debt to the banksters afford to pay £Billions in Overseas Aid – now euphemistically called UK Aid?

    MPs’ and Lords’ expenses – the corrupt system allows Wilcox to claim these obscene amounts – are minuscule compared to the horrendous amounts of taxpayers’ money spent on illegal wars for Israel along with the human carnage on a Biblical scale.

    • ian says:

      MPs’ and Lords’ expenses – the corrupt system allows Wilcox to claim these obscene amounts – are minuscule compared to the horrendous amounts of taxpayers’ money spent on illegal wars for Israel along with the human carnage on a Biblical scale.

      Good point mate.

    • exactly same train of thought going through my mind today. TPTB Sec Serv etc are all very subtle and clever in theor own sick ways. Subtle with the media and stories that’s for sure
      The Lord Sewell thing is a way to let off steam from rising public awareness they listen in on at the |Doughnut. They listen in, and work out ways to diffuse public feeling
      National Securitys a fucking joke, sorry for the language, but justified here I feel, a joke, a cover, for Mafia at highest levels passing itself off as highly respectable when theyre scum in the cesspit
      This Wilcox too, another psyop. Disgusting as her claim is, and abuse of taxpayers money
      But come on, this is bullshit psyop distraction cover.

      lord Rennard bullshit last year I suspect was a similarly timed distraction, I think doughnut and Tavistock work together and use public focus groups audiences and work out how to manipulate before mainstream media broadcasts things

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