MP Returns Council Tax

EAST THURROCK MP Angela Smith has returned over a thousand pounds that she wrongly claimed on her parliamentary expenses.

The newly-promoted Minister for the Third Sector returned £1,033 for “Council Tax and service charges overclaim.”

Mrs Smith spent £10,774 on mortgage interest for her two-bedroom Elephant and Castle flat, which is designated as her second home, from 2004 to 2008 – an average of £224 a month.

The claim follows news that Mrs Smith has spent £13,900 on food in the past four years.

It is understood that most of the food expenses are on eating out after late night sittings at Parliament.

Details of Ms Smith’s expenses for the 2007/08 financial year are as follows:

Mortgage/Rent: 2,567

Cleaning/Laundry: 683

Food: 3,840

Repairs: 2,680

Furniture: 1,050

Over the four years, Mrs Smith has also claimed:

£1,400 on kitchen equipment

£305 on a new fridge,

£319 on a dishwasher

£800 on replacement kitchen equipment, such as crockery, utensils, cookware.

£2,624 for cleaners , £387 spent on cleaning products, including £1.79 on Mr Muscle wipes and £2 on Bug Away wipes.

£12,085 over the four years on refurbishments.

This included £6,819 on fitted furniture, £3,177 on a fitted wardrobe from Sliderobes and £3,642 on shelving.

Mrs Smith also used the “other items” section under the allowance for household goods worth over £7,100, including £489 for a Bosch washing machine, £674 on TV satellite subscription and DVD, sofa covers at £551, £205 on floor mats and drying racks, £948 on blinds and curtains and £621 on new bedding.

She spent on £10,503 on repairs and maintenance, including £3,201 on heating and plumbing problems over five separate jobs.

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