A total of 169 MPs last week voted yes to the “bedroom tax”, including our very own Michael Moore, some of whom claimed up to £25,000 each in their own “spare bedroom” expenses.
The highest claim – Richard Bacon’s whopping £25k in 2012-13 – could pay the “bedroom tax” for up to 30 families in his constituency for a whole year. His constituency is a three-hour commute from the House of Commons, yet his accommodation expenses bill averages £450 a week.
Even worse is Stephen Barclay, whose constituency in Cambridgeshire is less than two hours away – he has the fourth-highest claim at more than £24,000 last year.
Could Mr Moore explain how he can justify cutting £16 a week from the disabled, the vulnerable, the elderly, the poorest members of our society – while MPs claim up to £450 a week for their own “spare bedrooms”?I believe Mr Moore claimed up to £15,000 for 2012-13.
MPs might claim that their vast hotel bills are for “exceptional circumstances”, yet refuse to take into account the exceptional circumstances of the 420,000 disabled people losing around £16 a week as a result of the “bedroom tax”.
I’d like to ask our Westminster MP and all the other swine with their feet in the trough who are the real scroungers here?