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Maria Miller, (was Minister for DWP, then Culture), Call for New Fraud Investigation.

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People may have noticed Culture Minister Maria Miller and her 31 second ‘apology’ for snaffling oddles of dosh for herself.

This is the case (BBC),

The commissioner had found that she over-claimed by £45,000 for expenses towards mortgage interest payments and council tax.

But the committee, which comprises five Conservative MPs, four Labour MPs, one Lib Dem MP and three members of the public, decided that she needed to pay back just £5,800.

She had inadvertently allowed her claims to remain the same when her tracker mortgage fell with interest rates in 2008, Mrs Miller said.

Both the explanation and the figure were accepted by the committee.

This was the result,

Miller’s apology to Parliament.

She was ordered to apologise after a committee found her “attitude” to an inquiry into her expenses had breached the parliamentary code of conduct.

Labour said her 32-second statement, in which she accepted the committee’s findings and apologised unreservedly, was “contemptuous” in its brevity.

But Mr Cameron said she had been cleared of the main charge against her.

“I think we should leave it there,” he said.

What is not often mentioned (except in the Morning Star) is that this free-loader was Minister for making life hell for disabled people at the DWP, and grinding the faces of the poor, from 2010 – 2012.

Following the 2010 general election she was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Now we learn,

A Labour MP has written to Scotland Yard asking that they investigate Maria Miller over her parliamentary expenses.

Thomas Docherty, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, wrote to the Met’s Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, after the Culture Secretary escaped serious censure when a committee of MPs overruled an official inquiry into her expenses.

The letter comes as David Cameron told critics of Maria Miller should “leave it” after the Culture Secretary was forced to apologise to the House of Commons over her expenses.

Mr Docherty has now asked that Scotland Yard investiagate the “serious allegations” made against Mrs Miller and also claims that she did not cooperate fully with the inquiry into her conduct.

In his letter Mr Docherty wrote: “Given the widely differing conclusions of the Commission and the Committee regarding the serious allegations made about Mrs Miller and the fact that both the Commission and Committee feel that Mrs Miller did not cooperate with the inquiry, I believe this matter warrants further investigation and I believe the Metropolitan Police are the appropriate body to carry out such an investigation.”

The Metropolitan Police are yet to confirm receipt of the letter.

The inquiry into Mrs Miller’s expenses began in December 2012 following disclosures in The Telegraph that she had claimed more than £90,000 in mortgage interest and other housing costs over four years for her “second” home.

The house, in Wimbledon, was also home to her parents, in apparent contravention of expenses rules which stated that second homes must be “exclusively” for the use of MPs and that housing parents was “specifically prohibited”. Telegraph.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

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  1. If thee or me were found to have defrauded the DWP or our LA of £45k, we’d get a custodial sentence, a 30% increase on top of the total (administration charge) and have to pay the whole lot back.

    Lucy

    April 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    • It’s about time that MPs were subjected to the same rules as the rest of us. Expected to travel 90 minutes to work and disallowed claims for 2nd homes and their nose bag in fancy restaurants. UK politicians make a mockery out of the rest of us.

      While some of us are trying to feed ourselves and buy stamps for application letters on the £25 a week we’re left with after paying out for gas/elec and the rest of the household bills they’re getting more than that per day. And that’s without their travel and stationary allowances etc on top of their £65k+ salaries.

      There is no excuse for them to commit fraud (except greed). They should be made an example of and given heavier sentences.

      Paul

      April 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      • Before I begin, the good news is, most MPs, even tories want her kicked out of parliament.

        Paul, your confusing PAYE with self employment and the reason why I state this is that ministers to/of the crown are self employed.

        This said I don’t dispute her fraudulent acts as nor does evidently many others but as I write here now its already being proposed by public and press that its high time that ministers are stopped from policing themselves which in my opinion is about bloody time to.

        Ive just got to rekindle this fact also

        The very prime minister himself was found to have made false claims for expenses and had to pay them back so no surprise in his latest action to look after his own as he did in the vine case.

        gaia

        April 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

  2. Exactly.

    Andrew Coates

    April 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  3. what about greedy boy coe. and the the greediest of them all.tessa jowell.

    Ron

    April 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

  4. PLAYING PARTY POLITICS WITH THE UNEMPLOYED

    How do readers feel about the following quotes:

    “Harnessing technology to help ensure that welfare money is not spent on drink, drugs or slot machines is not only a brilliant idea but a potential vote-winner”.

    “Some people, though, still need extra encouragement to get off welfare — and restricting how they spend their benefits might be just the incentive required”.

    Both quotes are from a piece in the Daily Mail:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2597501/SIMON-HEFFER-Lets-feckless-buy-food-not-fags-booze.html

    Tobanem

    April 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    • SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—– SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH—–SACK IAIN DUNCAN SMITH.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      April 5, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      • We take it that perhaps, maybe, you might be, possibly, not fond of Iain.

        Poor old puffer that he is.

        It can be guessed that he will find some well rewarded ‘job’ when he leaves Parliament.

        Andrew Coates

        April 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      • Typo detected. This should of course read ‘fuck’, but not in the literal sense.

        something survived...

        April 9, 2014 at 1:54 am

    • Yet another article i see Tobanem that relies on Anecdotal evidence (the news paper, not you sir).

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anecdotal_evidence

      Simon Heffer, the writer of the article clearly displays his ignorance when discussing the future system as why cause more cost to the welfare bill producing cards and regulating and monitoring it when you could simply make claimants bank accounts data accessible while signing on ?

      So all know, I don’t support in any shape or form what I just suggested, I merely stated it to highlight anothers ignorance and as usual short sightedness.

      gaia

      April 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

  5. so what would happen if you got a speeding or parking ticket or a bailiff is at the door how would you pay them.

    also how is it going to be a benefit to the uk by giving the providers money for the mwa placements its not. why not pay the min wage out of it to the ppl on it rather give more money to the providers.

    also if you get a sanction after the induction the provider will keep the upfront fee so even if you never go back or sign off they still keep the fee.

    im on a 4 week course now filled in the paper work then told i can leave and up to me if i show up or not, asked jcp what the cost of it was and was told none of my business fkn joke

    super ted

    April 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    • Regarding the new ‘Help To Work’ or CWP’S – The DWP is taking a massive gamble on this programme that it won’t be challenged in a court of law – well, obviously it will on the grounds that even courts don’t hand down sentences that sevre for minor infrations of the law.

      IDS thinks he is now above the ‘LAW’ on matters like this – I as most of the entirity of anyone on any kind of benefit can’t wait for the next 12 months to pass as quickly as possible.

      At this point when the Conservative Party are out of business for the forseable future, at least 10 million people will rejoice and the Labour Party had better do a full and legal investigation of Iain Duncan Smith’s activities whilst he was in his position of Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions – for the term of May 2010 to May 2015.

      Anything less would be a crime against humanity!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      April 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  6. She was merely bringing home the bacon, oink, oink.

    Greed ,fraud ,corruption politics moral compass.

    growls

    April 8, 2014 at 7:46 am

  7. Can we ask under FOI what proportion of tories are kiddy fiddlers?

    something survived...

    April 9, 2014 at 1:56 am


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