"In our report yesterday, we stated that Ed Balls MP and Yvette Cooper MP "were each able to claim the £24,000 a year allowance to help pay for the purchase of their home in the capital." We are happy to make clear Mr and Mrs Balls have never claimed the full allowance, each claiming between 53 per cent and 72 per cent of the full allowance in the period 2005 to 2008."
Well that raises some interesting questions doesn't it? As they each share the same second home, surely the maximum they should be claiming is 50 per cent each? Instead they claim somewhere between 106 per cent and 144 per cent of the allowance. This means that between them, in the four years since 2005 they have trousered somewhere between an extra £2,880 and a whopping £21,120 more than the single allowance of £24,000 second home allowance for one MP.
Married pensioners do not get double the single pension. Married people on housing benefit are not both entitled to claim.
Two people living in the same house can live more cheaply than two people living in separate houses. That is an indisputable fact whether you're a politician or a teacher. And it's balls to suggest otherwise.
Balls and Cooper should be asked to justify, in detail, why they are fleecing the taxpayer like this. And if it is the rules which allow them to, then the rules stink, and need to be changed.