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I have really just about had it with politicians!  They are supposed to lead by example and represent those who voted them into power, but what do we have instead?  A bunch of power crazy, corrupt, money grabbing, lazy people who will do anything to screw the tax payer out of a few more quid!  Sounds to me like a lot of other gripes on here that complain about the people in society who don't work for whatever reason!  No wonder some people are cheating to get more benefits, 'playing the system' to work as little as possible and get as much money as possible - those who supposedly run the country do it!

My sister had an accident a few years ago which has left her with permanent injuries, which means she needs help with some day to day living tasks and uses a wheelchair.  I have a bungalow which I rent out to pay the mortgage as my job comes with a flat, a sound investment.  So, when my sister came to the point where she can live semi independently I offered her the bungalow to live in, she accepted and moved in.  As she is unable to work at the moment due to the complexities of her injuries and the problems they have left her with (unstable epilepsy being just one), she applied for disability benefit, which she was awarded and housing and council tax benefit.

Pound coins - Politicians and MPs expenses MPs had been caught claiming for places they never used as a second address

The council tax benefit came through quickly, but housing benefit - oh no!  As I own the home she is living in, apparently because I am her sister, I should let her live there for free!  Now, I would gladly do this if I could afford it, and indeed, we now scrape by scrimping and saving for the mortgage payments between us each month.  We were told that quite a few people use it as a scam to get the benefits system to pay their mortgage and for their house.  I can see this happening, I really can, but how is it any different from a tennant I don't know living there, claiming benefits and paying me rent?  My mortgage still gets paid from the benefits they claim doesn't it?  But because I'm not related to them then that's ok?  Rules are rules though, so we put up with this and carry on with our lives.

However, I then see on the news and read in the papers that politicians claim SECOND home allowances for homes they hardly use that are owned by their daughters, sons etc.  How can that be?  Surely these politicians are doing exactly the same as my sister and I tried to, why are they allowed to do this?  It really made my blood boil to read how various MPs had been caught claiming for places they never used as a second address, other than to say it's owned by a family member.  No mention that this isn't allowed so I presumably at the time this was quite okay.  This to me is a disgusting example of double standards!

And don't even get me started on the guy who put his DUCK HOUSE on expenses!  Come on Britain, what's going on?  Why do we allow the government to walk all over us like this?

By: 'Buck' the system


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When a MP loses there seat or retires, the second house were they live in london should be used to accomidate new mps or the house should be sold and any equity given back to the treasury
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27th Dec 12 19:47

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ladylouise62

ladylouise62

" If you were a politician, wouldn't you take advantage of something that comes under government policy, regardless of the fact that it came out of our pockets? Politicians are allowed to claim on expenses, so don't blame them, blame government policy."

I blame both - but in particular the MPs - whatever they were allowed to get away with, surely more of them should have been 'straight' enough to not even consider claiming the stuff they did. What disappointed me was not that some MPs were overclaiming (every sector will have dodgy people), but how few WEREN'T involved. My local MP was one of the handful (literally a handful!!) who did not claim for accommodation, yet lots of them come from areas where many of their constituents commute to and from London every day.
ladylouise62
6th Jan 11 12:21

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Judith

Judith

You know what? Those big overgrown, overstuffed overrated and overpaid drunkard MPs are worse than the worst of council estate trash! At least the council estate ilk knows their place! These spoilt MPs steal our money and lie to us and think they are better than we are all at the same time!
Judith
4th Jan 11 19:43

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Marsh

Marsh

Funny thing is now the electorial dust has settled many are still at it. A few lost their seats perhaps because they realised they might have been lynched for trying, or maybe because they could not find another party to take the cost and risk. Others have replaced those.
It is a scandal so many were re-elected.
At the end of the day we still have the same number of MP's all grabbing all they can and an ongoing cost of policing their claims.
Will we ever learn??
Marsh
19th Oct 10 14:39

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manalone

manalone

most politicians are bent Conservative/librels or labour , talk a lot of crap, country gets into more debt ...so they print more money to save face...we barely produce anything, and do not export hardly anything...we're a landing strip for american planes to go on further waging war against countries with oil resources which angers them, whilst the socialist media smile through gritted teeth and promote diversity and political correctness. Politicians need to bring all soldiers home and stop raping and invading countries with oil and strategic military points. Politicians are scared and easily corrupted by financiars. We went to war on a lie..Why?..palms were greased. Who wins?...politicians and financiars greed..and your squaddie, if lucky has one arm left. Land of hope and glory? Its a hollow victory.
manalone
6th Oct 10 17:26

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taxmaster

taxmaster

I noticed that when all mp's where caught out with their fiddeling non of them got the sack, if that was you reading this, stealing from your employer you would be shown the door, but if you are a mp thats ok. how come non of them got the sack ?

oh and they have just mentioned that they are taking a 5% pay cut thats f__k all out of their wages.
taxmaster
14th Aug 10 23:21

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Been there

Been there

Aleedsfella ,
I thought you had no money ?
But you can still afford to buy green ?
Been there
18th Mar 10 21:45

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Aleedsfella

Aleedsfella

Doh! 22 CARAT scum. Gonna stop typing now as i'm a little stoned.
Aleedsfella
18th Mar 10 21:09

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Aleedsfella

Aleedsfella

Ginge? the politicians are the Government and they make the policy. Last week they made another policy and awarded them self a £1000,00 pay rise. The best one was a week or two before. They are going to help old age pensioners who cannot pay there council tax by ALLOWING them to defer payment against there homes. A.K.A steal there homes. The point I am tryiny to make is that they do as they please. Oh hang on, they made another policy a few months ago which means they cannot be tried for treason. Ain't that a shame. they are 22 scum ginge. Lol how many of you are thinking " I did not see that on the news"
Aleedsfella
18th Mar 10 21:06

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ginge

ginge

If you were a politician, wouldn't you take advantage of something that comes under government policy, regardless of the fact that it came out of our pockets? Politicians are allowed to claim on expenses, so don't blame them, blame government policy.
ginge
18th Mar 10 19:51

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Smithy

Smithy

If you mean send convicted murderers to Afghanistan then no I don’t agree with you.

You want to equip murderous scumbags with powerful weaponry and the training to use them! Great idea!

These criminals are by definition irresponsible, lacking in care for others and have no discipline. They would probably run away under attack and not back up their comrades, even more of the real soldiers would be ki11ed.

What makes you think they would not go AWOL? Having trained them in weaponry and martial arts you would then be rewarding them with their freedom to continue their lives of crime.
Smithy
12th Nov 09 20:51

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Jacqui

Jacqui

Does anyone agree with me. 1. MPs shouldn't get rise as they don't deserve it 2. the news of all the soldiers k1lled at war why not free the ones in jail who have ki11ed and let them do what they love in jail they are well looked after, fed, cleaned etc., which they shouldn't be. does anyone agree?
Jacqui
12th Nov 09 20:41

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a pissed off davy edd

a pissed off davy edd

I tryed to have a gripe on here and would not let me people who run this page have no back bone or they work for the govenment thats why I cant have my say oh dear I must be politicaly incorrect
a pissed off davy edd
9th Nov 09 20:05

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Kev

Kev

I hear some of these MP's want a payrise, well I think they should have their attendance records published, along with their contributions. If you watch Parliament TV, most of the time the place is pretty much empty!!!
Kev
6th Nov 09 13:42

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get it right

get it right

They want to pinch your disability allowance, and plunge you over night in to poverty and up to your eyes in debt.
And as they continue to disgrace and humiliate the disabled of this country.
What do they do well I will tell you they get court with there filthy sticky fingers in the taxpayers till. Yes thats right while they are plunging us all in to poverty they are pinching left right and center and all they have to do is say well I got court so I am sorry?
Sorry what for not because they are ashamed of what they have done, no they are sorry they got court with there sticky fingers in the till.
get it right
23rd Oct 09 13:45

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