A NICE LITTLE ERMINE
455 peers get more in expenses than average Brit’s annual salary
HUNDREDS of peers claimed more in expenses at the House of Lords last year than the average worker’s pay.
Despite the House sitting just 141 days over the year, 455 members claimed more than £22,226 tax-free for turning up and, in some cases, doing little or nothing else.
Three of the five biggest claimants are Scots peers – Labour’s Lord Kirkhill and Baroness Adams, with £43,896 and £41,287 respectively, and the Lib Dems’ Viscount Thurso with £32,235.
The SNP have no representatives in the Lords because they object to an unelected upper house.
Taxpayers were landed with a £19million bill for peers’ £300-a-day allowance plus travel costs in 2016-17, a report from the Electoral Reform Society found. It included £1.3million revealed earlier this year to have been claimed by 115 lords who did not speak once in the upper chamber.
The Lord Speaker’s Committee have suggested cutting numbers to 600 by 2028.
But 88 per cent of the public believe the cuts should go further than that, an ERS poll found.
There is no suggestion any of the peers broke rules or the law.
They are not required to speak to claim their £300 allowance.
A House of Lords spokesman said: “It is reasonable peers can claim allowances to cover the costs they incur when they contribute to the work of Parliament.
“They are expected to pay for any costs associated with attending the House.”
BLOATED The House of Lords has 800 members in the chamber. Picture: Getty