From the Daily Star
CABINET Minister James Purnell charges taxpayers up to £400 a month – for his household groceries.
The Work and Pensions Secretary, in charge of the Government’s crackdown on benefit cheats, submits the claims for food under the controversial MPs’ second homes allowance.
He is not even required to provide any receipts to support his claims, which have cost taxpayers £9,094 over the last five years.
At one point the 39-year-old bachelor, who earns £142,000 a year, tried to increase his tax-free monthly claim to £475 but was told this was too much, even under the lax rules surrounding MPs’ expenses.