Millions of Brits face tax-advantaged bills as MPs charge taxpayers up to £ 3,500 for their second home energy costs.
This is because those representing locations outside of London are able to recover their gas and electricity bills on costs.
The Daily Mail reports that 316 MPs have filed utility claims in 2020-2021, with dozens claiming more than £ 1,138 on average household dual fuel tariffs.
Data from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) show a total of £ 262,454 of utility claims in 2019-20.
Of this, £ 206,717 is for gas, electricity and other types of fuel.
Kovid means fewer MPs stay away from home, so the following year figures dropped to £ 234,181 for all utilities and £ 182,983 for water bills.
Dennis Reed, of the campaign group Silver Voice, told the Mail: “This is a terrible example of how politicians build their own niches, but those they serve and protect are suffering.
“While pensioners need to make cuts in living standards, the same politicians have voted to suspend the triple lock. Taxpayers are putting a bill to heat up their second homes.”
Mr Reid continued: “In this extraordinary example of one rule for us and one for plebs, senior citizens get outraged – about £ 3,000 a year is a half-year state pension.”
Taxpayer Alliance policy analyst Darwin Friend said: “When home bills are rocketing and the tax burden is reaching a 70-year high, people are rightly concerned that their hard-earned money is being used to insulate MPs from the cost of living crisis. ”
MPs can no longer claim to pay off their mortgages, but they can reimburse thousands for phone lines, broadband, council tax plus heating and water.
Tory MP Danny Kruger, the son of TV chef Prue Leith, filed the largest personal utility bill.
They have claimed £ 3,598 in six separate claims for electricity in their Wiltshire field rental home in 2020-21.
The year before, he had claimed only £ 791.
Mr. Kruger’s spokesman repeatedly challenged Danny’s fuel bills because they were clearly too high, but they were in the budget set by parliament. Since then, they’ve moved the field home and this year their bills have dropped significantly.
Liam Byrne, the largest after Birmingham Labor MP, claimed £ 3,535 on 12 separate invoices last year marked “dual fuel”.
The previous year he claimed £ 5,105. Mr Byrne declined to comment on the mail, but is understood to be seeking a discount.
North Dorset Tory Simon Hoare, whose bills totaled £ 3,252 in 2020-21 and £ 3,967 the previous year, is the third highest.