415 peers get more in expenses than the average Brit takes home in a year

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Written by : Andrew Gregory

Hundreds of peers claimed more in expenses at the House of Lords last year than the average worker’s take-home pay.

Despite the House sitting just 141 days over the year, 455 members each claimed over £22,226 tax-free for turning up and, in some cases, doing little or nothing else.

Taxpayers were landed with a £19million bill for peers’ £300-a-day allowance plus travel costs in 2016/17, a report from the Electoral Reform Society found.

It included £1.3million revealed earlier this year to have been claimed by 115 lords who did not speak once in the upper chamber.

At the time a spokesman insisted they had contributed in other ways, such as by providing written questions or being on a committee – but the Mirror then revealed 72 of the 115 did neither.

And now today’s report reveals 33 of those 72 cheekily claimed a total of £462,510 in expenses. It will increase calls for cuts to the bloated 800-member chamber.

Source and continue reading : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/415-peers-more-expenses-average-11522532

Absolutely disgusting and so wrong! We need people who really care about us all, not just about themselves and taking all they can from us !😡😢

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