Ex-jailbird Lord Hanningfield claimed £24,600 in 2012
Lord Hanningfield, the trougher in ermine, has extracted another wodge of cash from the public purse. The latest published list of expenses from the House of Lords show that Hanningfield, who has done time in jail for fiddling his expenses, claimed another £3,600 in attendance allowances last December.
The Hansard record shows that he has not spoken or asked any oral or written questions in the House of Lords since he was originally charged under the Theft Act in February 2010, but since April of last year, the man who rose to prominence as Paul White, leader of Essex County Council, has been turning up regularly to sign in and claim the £300 a day to which he is still legally entitled. We now know that in the nine months to the end of 2010, he pocketed £24,600 in attendance allowances, plus £2,045 in travel expenses.
Lord Taylor of Warwick, another ex-Tory, is another beneficiary of the archaic rule that makes the Lords the only workplace in the country where someone who has been to prison for fiddling expenses has an absolute right to go back and claim some more. He has not made a speech since his release from jail either, though he has put down some written questions. He trousered £15,600 worth of allowances in June to December last year.
The former Labour peer Pola Uddin, who was not prosecuted but was made to repay more than £125,000 worth of dodgy expenses, claimed £19,200 over the same period.
For purposes of comparison, the most recent figures from Office of National Statistics say that the average annual earnings of people who actually work full time for a living is £26,500.
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