Thursday, 7 November 2013

PRESS RELEASE - Give MPs Fuel Expenses to Food Banks say Green Party

Huddersfield Methodist Mission - Home of  our local food bank 'The Welcome Centre'

Green Party Energy Spokesperson, Councillor Andrew Cooper has called on MPs to donate the money they have claimed for gas and electricity on second homes to be donated to their local  Food Banks

Councillor Cooper said.

"The news that 300+ MPs are claiming expenses for gas and electricity costs on their second homes has gone down particularly badly with many people at a time when energy costs are rising by an average of an inflation busting 9%. MPs from Labour, Conservatives and the Lib Dems have all claimed this perk including Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman and the Tory MP for Dewsbury Simon Reevell . For you and I, we would simply have to pick up the costs of paying for our fuel bills out of our own pockets so its clearly an allowance that needs to be abolished to give MPs a greater appreciation of how difficult it is for many to pay for rising fuel costs. I do believe there is a way that these MPs can redeem themselves in the short term and that is by donating all the money them have claimed for fuel in their second homes to their local Food banks. In this way they can direct the public money they have claimed away from those people who really don’t need it  to the people who need it the most"

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