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MP 'exaggerates' mileage claims

A Conservative MP could be forced to repay more than £1,000 after submitting more than 700 "inaccurate" mileage claims.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) said claims submitted by Harrow East MP Bob Blackman were "in almost every instance not accurate and greater than the distance travelled".

Blackman disputes IPSA's findings, but in the meantime a car mileage app, which monitors journey times and lengths, has been offered for free to all MPs and members of the House of Lords.

Automotive software specialist DCML has offered the product to help IPSA manage difficult to monitor mileage claims. It is hoped MPs, Lords and the regulator will welcome the app to reduce dishonest claims.  

Vince Powell, managing director of DCML, said: “This sort of thing goes on in businesses up and down Britain, but we stepped in on this occasion because MPs and Lords must be whiter than white when it comes to expenses.

“We wanted to do our bit to minimise any room for dishonesty and we want to make life easier for individuals who represent us while reducing the burden on IPSA itself.”

The app records car journeys using GPS and emails an accurate route and mileage summary via its ‘export’ function.

 


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Comments

  • AJB - 06/02/2015 12:18

    Are HMRC aware ??

  • Colin Appleby - 06/02/2015 12:39

    Other solutions are available - MileageCount, to name just one superb product. And, yes, I'm biased.

  • Sage & Onion - 06/02/2015 12:44

    Is the App free for businesses and fleets too?

    • Colin Appleby - 06/02/2015 12:47

      @Sage & Onion - Whether founded in the blindest of optimism or heaviest of irony, I do have to admire that question.

    • It's probably one of the very few free things that MP's dont take advantage of! But is that surprising when its designed to stop them taking advantage of the system! Meanwhile my optimism has been dashed by the possibility that it could be a taxable bene - 06/02/2015 13:28

      @Colin Appleby -

  • David - 06/02/2015 12:51

    Why is the MP not being prosecuted or disciplined, this would be normal practice in the real world. Am I mistaken in thinking one rule for them and another one for the "plebs"

  • Swansswimmer - 09/02/2015 17:06

    Thank you Mr Powell - please do let us know how many MP's take up this offer. With an election around the corner they might be well advised to demonstrate some voter appreciation. Love this quote, Vince Powell, managing director of DCML “This sort of thing goes on in businesses up and down Britain, but we stepped in on this occasion because MPs and Lords must be whiter than white when it comes to expenses."

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