One rule for them…
May 10, 2009 Leave a comment
I wouldn’t have much sympathy for this woman:
Mrs Patel has admitted putting her mother’s address as her own on the application form, but claims that it was an honest mistake.
She now faces up to a year in jail after being charged with ‘fraud by false representation’ under new powers created in 2006. She is due to appear at Harrow Magistrates’ Court later this month.
Mrs Patel said: “In January last year, my marriage was going through some difficulties so I moved out to my mother’s house. I had left my husband and had no intention of coming back so I put down my mother’s address as my own and tried to get Rhys into Pinner Park, which is just across the road.
“But three weeks later I was reconciled with my husband and moved back, without realising it would have a bearing on the school application.”
Were it not for the way government ministers see fit to declare which ever address suits them as their main abode, usually to get a considerably larger benefit than a place at a state school – hundreds of thousands of pounds in Additional Costs Allowances for one thing. More infuriating is their blatant abuse of the tax system to evade (yes evade – not avoid) paying capital gains tax when they sold the flats we’d tarted up for them by claiming that they were main abodes when sold – we’d been paying for them as second homes, which are liable to cap gains tax on any profit when sold.
The Times reports that Baroness Thornton, a Labour minister in the whips’ office, with a £1 million family house near Hampstead Heath claims up to £22,000 a year in expenses by saying that her mother’s modest bungalow in Yorkshire is her main home.
Hazel Blears flipped her main residence and told a different story to the tax man enabling her to avoid paying capital gains tax on the £45,000 profit she made out of taxpayers.
- Taxman probes second-home profits to see whether MPs have side-stepped capital gains
- Kitty Ussher claimed £20,000 for ‘bad taste’ Artex ceilings
- Sinn Fein MPs claim £310,000 expenses for rent on flats in properties all owned by one Irish landlord
- Stephen Byers claimed £125,000 for flat his partner owned
- Kevin Brennan had £450 TV delivered to family home
- MPs’ Expenses: ToTony Blair’s £296,000 mortgage on constituency home he bought for £30,000
- John Reid sent a bill for £199 pouffe and £29.99 glitter loo seat
- John Gummer claimed £36,000 for gardening and mole-hunting at his estate
- The Speaker’s scapegoat: Official who signed off MPs’ expenses didn’t even have accountancy qualification
- Millionaire Tory Greg Barker made £320,000 profit on flat funded by taxpayer
- Keith Vaz claimed £75,500 for a Westminster flat while family home is 12 miles from Commons
- ‘I’m just too honest’ says Phil Woolas who ‘claimed’ for women’s clothes
- Commons boss who called in police has four homes in three countries, including grace and favour mansion
- Millionairess Barbara Follett had own private police force (paid for by £25,000 of your money)
- Solicitor General Vera Baird claimed for Christmas trees
- Uniformed chauffeurs to football club for Michael Martin
- Care services minister claims £37,000 on furnishing tiny four-room flat
- ‘Police probe’ Minister Tony McNulty still defiant
Something to mull over; HMRC allows £5 per night subsistence deductions to taxpayers for overnight stays in the UK. MPs voted themselves £20-a-day tax-free subsistence payments. Why is the rule different for MPs? Do they eat 300% more than the rest of us?
Thieving hypocritical shitbags. Just slap the cuffs on the goddamned lot of them.