Another anonymous contributor has cast a beady eye over an MP’s expenses and found this rather curious thing: Hazel Blears has overpaid her telephone bill by £55.21 … and is claiming the overpayment back! I wonder whether she also claimed for the money she’s been charged? Well, looking back at what little information there is in the ACA forms, it seems she has. Unfortunately, the released information does not include all the invoices, so it’s hard to be sure, but it looks very much like Ms Blears claimed £95.88 as a phone bill which included an overpayment and then she claimed for the overpayment as well!
If this is in fact the case, then it’s an astonishingly basic mistake for the Fees Office to approve the claim, and it’s a remarkable bit of petty chiselling from a senior member of the Labour Party.
Apropos of very little, if you have nimble fingers, have a penchant for cheesy music and are of a certain age, you will probably enjoy this.