Thursday, 28 May 2015

Suspended peer to be let back into Lords

A Labour peer who was suspended from Parliament for claiming second home allowances for a housing association property, will be allowed back in the house in April.

Baroness Uddin was one of three peers suspended last year after an inquiry found that they broke expenses rules and wrongly claimed for thousands of pounds.

Baroness Uddin was ordered to repay £125,000 but as yet has not started any payments.

A spokesperson at the House of Lords told Inside Housing that the house was in discussions with Baroness Uddin on how she would repay the money, but admitted the peer could be back in the house by April 2012.

Baroness Uddin was a tenant of Spitalfields Housing Association in Wapping and claimed £29,675 in overnight subsistence allowances in 2007/08 for stays at the London property. She named her main residence as a flat in Maidstone, Kent.

But she reportedly lived in her social home as her main place of residence. Neighbours of her flat in Maidstone said it was unoccupied.

Although her expenses claim for 2007/08 was the first in which she gave any entry for the location of her main residence, Baroness Uddin had been claiming between £15,000 and £24,000 for overnight subsistence since 2001.

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