MPs will be banned from hiring family members at the public’s expense, IPSA says as 130 relatives of MPs could lose their jobs – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2017 in employment, expenses, families, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs will be banned from hiring their children and spouses on the public purse after the next election, it has been announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th March 2017

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Conservative Party fined £70,000 after investigation finds ‘significant’ election campaign expenses issues – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2017 in elections, expenses, fines, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Electoral Commission has fined the Conservative Party £70,000 over “significant” election campaign expenses issues.’

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The Independent, 16th March 2017

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Inquiry finds peers claiming £300 a day for no work – but it is axed to avoid ‘press storm’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2017 in expenses, inquiries, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by tracey

‘A probe into peers who enjoy House of Lords perks without doing any work was dropped to avoid a “press storm”, a former lord speaker has admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2017

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New crackdown to be launched on jobs for MPs’ wives and family for fear of Fillon-style scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘MPs are to be hit with tougher restrictions on employing their wives and children amid concern of a François Fillon-style scandal in Britain, The Sunday Telegraph understands.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2017

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Tougher rules threaten to choke off Ukip’s EU funding – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2016 in EC law, expenses, news, political parties by sally

‘Ukip and its allies will from now on be asked to provide bank guarantees in order to unlock a lucrative tranche of EU funds, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2016

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Lib Dems fined £20,000 for undeclared election spending – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2016 in elections, expenses, fines, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Liberal Democrats have been hit with a maximum £20,000 fine by the Electoral Commission for failing to declare hundreds of items of campaign spending at the general election.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2016

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Transforming justice: judges face pay and expenses curbs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 16th, 2016 in consultations, diversity, expenses, judiciary, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Thousands of judges are facing radical changes to their pay and working conditions, including expenses curbs and a new obligation to give up to a year’s notice when they want to quit.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th September 2016

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Hanningfield acquitted of expenses fraud after parliament intervenes with court – The Guardian

‘Former Tory peer accused of submitting false expenses has been formally acquitted after parliament made an unexpected intervention in the case. Lord Hanningfield, who served a jail sentence for expenses fraud in 2011, was accused in Southwark crown court of claiming around £3,300 in House of Lords allowances in July 2013 to which he was not entitled.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2016

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Defence firms claimed £61m of ‘non-allowable’ costs, says watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2016 in armed forces, contracting out, contracts, costs, defence, expenses, news by tracey

‘Defence companies have claimed £61m of expenditure from the taxpayer that was “potentially” not allowed under contract rules, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2016

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Conservatives receive High Court challenge to hand over election spending information – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 13th, 2016 in disclosure, elections, expenses, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Conservatives are being taken to court over claims they failed to disclose information related to its investigation into claims that it breached election spending rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2016

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Expenses fraud ex-MEP Peter Skinner jailed for four years after falsely claiming more than £100k – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in expenses, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A former Labour MEP who falsely claimed more than £100,000 in expenses to fund his lavish lifestyle and pay off his wife following their divorce has been jailed for four years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2016

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MPs could face ban on hiring family and spouses under expenses review – The Independent

Posted April 5th, 2016 in expenses, families, housing, news, parliament by sally

‘MPs who employ relatives and claim money to rent accomodation could soon be blocked under a new review of politicians’ expenses.’

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The Independent, 4th April 2016

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Legal expenses insurance tax hike is yet another barrier to justice – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2016 in barristers, budgets, costs, expenses, fees, insurance, press releases, taxation by tracey

‘The Bar Council has warned that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announcement that the Insurance Premium Tax will go up yet again is another barrier for hardworking individuals and families seeking justice.’

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The Bar Council, 18th March 2016

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MP Simon Danczuk admits wrongly claiming £11,000 expenses – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2016 in expenses, news, parking, parliament by tracey

‘MP Simon Danczuk has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds after admitting an expenses claims “error”.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2016

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Decision on proposal for new October bill of costs is postponed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 12th, 2016 in bills, civil procedure rules, computer programs, costs, expenses, law firms, news by sally

‘The committee set up to decide the future of legal costs in civil litigation has recommended that a new of bill of costs based on electronic assessment should be in place from October.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th January 2016

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Management consultant charges mother £400 for each visit to nursing home – Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 29th, 2015 in expenses, families, news, powers of attorney, remuneration by sally

‘This Court of Protection case has, unusually, made the papers, and when you read the details you won’t be surprised. What the judge described as a “callous and calculating” son charged his widowed mother, who suffered from dementia, more than £117 000 for “out of pocket expenses” visiting her in her nursing home. He had been in charge of her expenses since 2004 when Sheila (the mother) had been admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983. But alarm bells only went off after her unpaid nursing bills reached nearly £30 000. The Public Guardian launched an enquiry that led to this hearing of an application for the court to revoke the son’s (Martin’s) Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPA’) and to direct him to cancel its registration. The Public Guardian also applied to freeze Sheila’s bank account.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th October 2015

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Former Ukip MEP sentenced to five years in prison for expenses fraud – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2015 in expenses, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Ashley Mote, who submitted bogus European parliamentary expenses claims of almost £500,000, ‘lied and lied’ throughout his trial.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2015

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MoD secretary Yasmin Disney jailed for £100k fraud – The Independent

Posted June 10th, 2015 in armed forces, expenses, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former MoD secretary who submitted £100,000 in false expenses to buy a sports car and luxury holidays has been jailed for her “spree of dishonesty”.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority v Information Commissioner and another – WLR Daily

Posted May 11th, 2015 in disclosure, expenses, freedom of information, law reports, parliament by sally

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority v Information Commissioner and another [2015] EWCA Civ 388; [2015] WLR (D) 194

‘A journalist who, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, requested information in three invoices submitted by Members of Parliament as expenses claims was entitled to redacted copies of the documents themselves, not merely to a transcript of information contained in those documents, because the transcripts did not provide all the information which the statutory public authority was obliged to disclose to the requester.’

WLR Daily, 28th April 2015

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Ipsa loses court of appeal challenge over MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2015 in appeals, disclosure, documents, expenses, freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

‘The regulatory body set up after the MPs’ expenses scandal has lost a test case challenge in the court of appeal against an order that it must release copies of receipts and invoices submitted by politicians.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2015

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