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.