How many MPs are claiming expenses to cover the costs of having children?
This Writer doesn’t have the current figures but in 2013 I know 148 of them were claiming extra money to rent larger homes and cover the cost of youngsters’ travel.
According to the Daily Mirror at the time, MPs had claimed around £140,000 for kids’ travel between 2010 and 2013.
And Parliamentary standards watchdog IPSA was allowing MPs to increase the maximum allowance they could claim by £2,425 for each child they said lived with them.
Some MPs – including nine cabinet ministers – were claiming more than £10,000 extra.
I mention this because certain Conservative MPs have been kicking up a fuss about the comparatively small amount – per person – that will go towards extending free school meals throughout the summer holidays in England.
Tory Sally-Ann Hart seemed to think it was wrong for parents to “expect” the government to feed their children, even though she is part of a government whose members expect their own childcare to be paid by the public and not from their own pay packets.
I find this part particularly interesting:
[She] said MPs must “not shy away” from the issue that some parents “just do not or cannot prioritise their children’s needs over their own”.
And she said the Government must “turbocharge” its efforts to understand why such neglect happens.
Perhaps Ms Hart should turn to some of her neighbours on the Green Benches and ask them – just as a starting-point?
As responses from the public go, I don’t think you’ll find one better than this:
Personally I don't think people should have kids unless they can accurately predict exactly how their relationship & employment prospects will fare over the next 2 decades & then map out the upcoming socio-economic impacts of political events & decisions (both global & domestic).
— Phlegm Clandango (@Cain_Unable) June 16, 2020
Another Tory – Ben Bradley – demanded safeguards to ensure that parents could not use free school meal vouchers to obtain alcohol and cigarettes.
Fine words from a man who belongs to an institution where people like himself frequently run up huge bills at the various Parliamentary bars, on expenses.
In fact, some of them have even refused to pay altogether.
But Ms Hart and Mr Bradley – who is also on record as calling for poor men to be vasectomised, and had to apologise publicly and pay money to charity after libelling Jeremy Corbyn – don’t seem to be aware of these facts.
Perhaps they should examine behaviour closer to their own homes, rather than accusing people before they’ve even had a chance to do anything wrong.
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