While a large number choose not to claim any money from taxpayers for energy bills, an investigation reveals that 340 politicians make ‘morally wrong’ decision to do so, costing the public £200,000 a year.{jcomments on}

The Independent has reported that MPs have come under fire for claiming a combined £200,000 from taxpayers in order to heat their second homes, while many people across the country struggle to cope with energy bill hikes averaging around 9 per cent.

According to the investigation, the MP claiming the most was Conservative Nadhim Zahawi – who also happens to be a multi-millionaire.

Dave Prentis, whose UNISON union represents 1.3million public service workers, told the Sunday Mirror: “It’s disgraceful that well-paid MPs should make these claims as thousands of families are struggling to pay to turn the oven on to cook dinner.

“These are the same hypocritical MPs who have failed to get a grip on soaring fuel and energy costs, rising food bills and pay freezes.

“If 310 MPs did the right thing by choosing not to claim expenses for fuel bills, why did the other 340 think they were entitled to free fuel?”

The news comes as the heads of the so-called Big Six energy companies were called before MPs to answer questions on why a number have increased their prices by around 9 per cent.

Read the full story from The Independent


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