REMINDER: Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third

David Cameron is among the 153 members of parliament who have declared an income from property in 2015 [Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images].

David Cameron is among the 153 members of parliament who have declared an income from property in 2015 [Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images].

The 153 MPs – mostly Conservatives – who are private landlords will all be receiving a share of the whopping £9.3 billion paid in housing benefit to landlords, as was revealed today.

And who set the rules under which landlords may receive so much public money?

A Conservative government.

Is it really necessary to point out the corruption here?

The number of MPs earning income by renting out properties increased by nearly a third during the last parliament, an analysis of data by the Guardian has found.

David Cameron, George Osborne and housing minister Brandon Lewis are among 153 members who declared an income from property in 2015 – an increase of 36 since 2010.

The figures show that nearly one in four MPs earn income as a landlord or landlady from at least one property. A majority of those are Tories, including nine Conservative ministers who attend cabinet, the figures show.

The data has been seized upon by housing campaigners who claim it shows that Britain’s political class has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo instead of strengthening the rights of tenants.

Source: Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third | Politics | The Guardian


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9 thoughts on “REMINDER: Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third

  1. David Woods

    It’s just a carry on from their bogus expense claims, what they lose off one they’ll find a way around to claim it elsewhere!

      1. Zippi

        That’s why they’re selling of the social housing and replacing it with high end, luxury apartments, which they can let!

      2. Michael Broadhurst

        yes to both the comments above.this is why a list needs drawing up of all MPs who are landlords and publishing so people can see
        that this government is working in its own interests(yes i know there will be be some Labour MPs).
        all conflicts of interest wants exposing among our MPs.

  2. Zippi

    This is why they will do nothing to restore the balance to the housing “market” and why housing is seen as an investment, rather than a necessity. My mother says that the Prime Minister and Chancellor should have to rent Nos.10 and 11. How so many M.P. were able to acquire property under the old expenses scheme is beyond me. I downloaded the Green Book, which governed Parliamentary expenses and the rules were clear. Most of our elected so-called representatives sought to defraud us. Why were there so few prosecutions? Probably because there would have be nobody left to run the country. The lot of them disgust me.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The civil service could have kept it all ticking over until New MPs were elected. Nobody is indispensable.

  3. Justin

    Any MP regardless of party/status or level who is renting while having a place as there second home paid for by the taxpayer should have a percentage of there rental costs offset to the price that the taxpayer pays for there residence, there always on about austerity and this to me does not sound like the sort of austerity that they preach via using the wca process and pip to deprive people from mobility by using a system that is flawed and is not working.

    it is high time that the p***taking out of the general public that these MPs do comes under scrutiny and that they are held to be accountable for their mistakes and not hide behind some parliamentary privilege or data protection and foi laws to cover themselves when they are knowingly doing something wrong, it has gone on for too long and too often, we want responsible accountable MPs and ministers not the current shambolic system that we have at the moment who run around with goofy grins and fist pumping exercises when their cuts to the most vulnerable, perhaps that’s what we really need – MP pay linked to performance, there be a lot of them on minimum wage then if that was the case

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