A Tory MP for Bolton is claiming £27,000 every year to pay for his accommodation in London – despite already owning a flat in the city.
Mark Logan has received £2,253 of taxpayers’ money every month to pay the rent on a property in London since he first took up his seat in the Bolton North East constituency in January 2020.
However, he also revealed that he has a flat in the city which public records say is worth over £100,000 and for which he receives over £10,000 every year.
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Mr Logan also received more than £1,400 in expenses to pay council tax over the same period.
When the MEN contacted Mr Logan’s team to ask why he would need to rent a property in the capital when he already owns one, he was not available to comment.
The rules allow MPs to claim money to pay for accommodation in London so they can keep a second home near Whitehall provided their constituency is not in the city.
But Mr Logan’s decision to claim expenses while enjoying separate property in the city has raised concerns among opposition leaders.
Nick Peel, Labor leader on Bolton Council and Tonge’s adviser with the Haulgh, said Mr Logan’s actions were ‘morally unjustifiable’.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” Mr Peel told MEN
“I thought we had seen the end of these MP expense scandals, but it looks like they are continuing.
“Whether he is technically breaking the rules or not is not really the issue, the issue is whether it is morally right for him to claim taxpayers’ money when he doesn’t need it.
“It just smacks of greed and arrogance that someone could do this.”
Figures come from IPSA Expenditure, which shows Mr Logan’s rent demand of £2,253 each month, and its Register of Members’ Interests, which highlights he owns a flat worth over of £100,000 giving a rental income of over £10,000 a year. .
Details of Mr Logan’s IPSA expenses have been released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Mr Peel, who was first elected to Bolton council in 2000, said he felt ratepayers deserved answers from Mr Logan as to why money was being spent on a second property in London.
“Mr Logan owes it to his constituents in Bolton North East to tell them exactly what is going on here,” Mr Peel added.
“I’m one of his constituents, so I would definitely like to know what he’s doing.
“MPs can claim accommodation costs because by the nature of the work they often have to do that, but the system is not there for people to essentially make a profit, it’s for themselves. ensure that they are not disbursed in the performance of their duties.
“It looks like Mark Logan could be making a net profit out of taxpayers’ money here and it’s morally unjustifiable if that’s the case.”
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