MPs are boosting their expenses payments by claiming for ‘dependent’ children who are 18 or over, it was reported last night.
Rules introduced in 2017 allow them to claim up to £5,400 per child that they support in a second home.
The policy was originally intended to help MPs with children rent bigger homes – but several are using it to claim for adult children in their 20s, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Energy minister Claire Perry was said to have claimed £9,846 on top of her £22,760 standard allowance by citing her three children aged 17, 19 and 22.
The politician, who earns £111,148 a year, insisted all claims were made in accordance with the expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa).
The age limit when claiming for children is 18, rising to 21 for certain exemptions such as a child in full-time education who requires care.
Five other MPs were also reportedly claiming allowances for adult children. Two last night agreed to return the money, it is claimed.
Ipsa was last night unable to say who had broken the rules and appeared to rely on MPs’ word, according to reports.
While the MPs are operating within the rules, Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the parliamentary standards committee, said: ‘One despairs that after ten years MPs have not learnt the fundamental ethical lessons of the 2009 scandal over expenses.’
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