11 December 2009
John Barrett MP was shocked at some of the outrageous claims made by MPs as detailed in the press today. Commenting on his own claims, he said that he had claimed for rent of a one bedroomed apartment, the electricity cost, insurance and a television licence. In one month, when he moved flat at the end of his previous lease, his furniture was in storage and this cost was also claimed. He added, "When my lease came to an end, the cost of removal and storage was much less than the month's rent saved when I was flat hunting and had no rent to pay for one month, so it reduced the total cost for that period. The total figures published also include a £2,300 deposit paid to the landlord, which is fully refundable to Parliament when I step down next year. This sum also inflates the total claim figures published."
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