Monday, February 23, 2009

Yet more troughing from our MPs...

... and via Guido's Sunday Sleaze Roundup: yes, they are, indeed, all at it. First up are more revelations about Darling and three other Scottish MPs.
It has now emerged that Darling, Reid, McAvoy and Kennedy are claiming the second home perk while at the same time acting as landlords on properties in the capital.

Darling, who lives in Downing Street rent-free and bills the public for staying in his Edinburgh home, also owns a flat in London with his wife Maggie. His entry in the MP's Register of Members' Interests states the flat is "presently let", but no rental is declared.

He is also entitled to use Dorneywood, a 21-bedroom grace-and-favour mansion in Buckinghamshire reserved for the chancellor.

He also has a family croft on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

But despite having access to these five properties, Darling has claimed around £55,000 in the "second homes" subsidy since 2004-05.

The others are all indulging in the same manner. What really gets me about all of this is that some people claim that MPs are simply not paid enough—it is hardly surprising that the MPs themselves claim that they aren't—and yet so many of them seem to have property portfolios that their constitutents can only dream of.

Of course, many of them are simply scamming the taxpayer in order to buy said properties. Here's Charlie Kennedy, for instance...
Kennedy, who quit as LibDem leader in 2006, is another who doubles up as a second homes claimant and landlord. According to parliamentary figures, the MP charged the taxpayer around £63,000 in ACA between 2004 and 2007. Since at least 2000, Kennedy has also derived rent for a single-bedroomed flat in London.

He told the Sunday Herald that he had previously claimed allowances on the flat when he lived there.

He added: "The ACA is being used towards the cost of family accommodation in London, for which the one-bedroomed flat is not suitable. Therefore it is declared quite separately in the Register of Members' Interests."

I would like to see when those properties were purchased. You see, were I as bent as a nine bob note, I would have bought the one-bedroom flat and then—when I had done that up, using taxpayers' cash so that it was suitable for renting out—I would have bought my "family" flat, and switched the taxpayers' largesse to that one.

Needless to say, there are a goodly number of these cunts claiming our money whilst gaining more income from extensive property portfolios.
None of the MPs declares how much they receive in rent, or who they have as tenants. Around 40 MPs claim the controversial housing perk while also acting as landlords.

Commons rules mean that an MP can buy two houses in London with their ACA, then rent out the first property while charging the taxpayer for mortgage costs on the second.

What the FUCK? Seriously, what the living fuck is going on?


Idle Pen Pusher said...

I don't see any reason why an MP who holds assets in the form of London residential property should be barred from claiming second home costs for a separate London property which they live in.

Charlie Kennedy might have been corrupt if he did what you suggested he might. But otherwise it seems fine to me.

That aside, the rest is all obviously repellant. Darling in particular. Why in fuck's name should he get a second home allowance while he lives in Downing St?

I think Timmy suggested a while back that Parliament could simply build a development of one-bed flats somewhere and let each one of the little piggies stay there, which would be a damn sight cheaper than the current scam. I don't see why they need "family accomodation" for their second, London home, either.

Anonymous said...

I also suggested government flats (actually 2 bed) rented out free to MPs. But not all at one location for security purposes. As well as one funded secretary and a one room office.

Problem is that by the time MPs come round to agreeing to some such scheme they probably will have become more honest. Don't hold your breath

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