السبت , يونيو 13 2020

Lords who did not vote 'claimed £100k'

House of Lords

Members of the House of Lords who did not vote in the last parliamentary session claimed £100,000 in expenses, a report has found.

From 2010-15 a total of £360,000 was claimed by 62 peers who did not vote, the Electoral Reform Society said.

Members are not paid a salary but can claim a daily allowance of £300 if they attend a sitting.

A spokesman for the campaign group said the statistics showed the House of Lords was “growing out of control”.

Darren Hughes, the group’s deputy chief executive, added: “The prime minister said he regrets not reforming the second House in the last parliament. It’s time for him to act and finally fix our broken upper chamber.”

‘Unrepresentative institution’

The report – entitled House of Lords: Fact vs Fiction – also found that 10 peers were responsible for claiming £260,000 of the £360,000 from 2010-2015.

The society estimates that if the prime minister forges ahead with plans to appoint 50 additional members of the Lords it will cost at least £1.3m per year.

The report also says that more than a third of Lords previously worked in politics, and more than half were over 70 years old, while only two were younger than 39.

Mr Hughes said: “This is not a chamber of experts – it’s a chamber of professional politicians.

“Our House of Lords looks nothing like the public whose decisions it impacts – almost half live in London or the South East, while there are just two peers under the age of 40.

“This is a shockingly out of date and unrepresentative institution.”

Who’s in the House of Lords?

783 peers

currently eligible to vote in the House of Lords

  • 670 Life peers

  • 87 Hereditary peers

  • 26 Bishops

  • £300 daily expenses available to each peer for attending at Westminster

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