49 peers claim daily allowance without speaking in Lords chamber

Posted On: 
1st January 2016

Forty-nine peers claimed the £300 allowance for attending parliament in 2015 despite never contributing to a debate in the House of Lords.

Analysis from the Independent newspaper found a total of 117 peers did not speak in the main chamber in 2015 – although a number of those may have done work on committees, voted on legislation, or other activities.

Some of those who claimed the daily allowance averaged more than £4,000 a month, the newspaper added.

SNP MP Kirsty Blackman, whose party does not take seats in the House of Lords, said: “This is not the way to run a modern democracy. It’s not the way the country should be run. We have got all these people who are stuck there forever.”

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