MPs 'Urged' Ipsa To Re-Allow Mortgage Claims Months Before Rent Scandal

The parliamentary expenses watchdog was being urged to let MPs claim for mortgage interest payments again months before the "double renting" controversy broke.

The call came in responses to a survey of politicians carried out by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) over the summer.

The research found a slight overall improvement in MPs' perception of the system.

But more than a third said it was still too complex, slow and time consuming.

MPs warned Ipsa to re-allow mortgage claims on expenses to avoid the scandal

Some 85% said they had opted not to claim expenses they were entitled to - with 40% admitting they were concerned about the public's reaction.

One MP wrote: "I reckon that at any one time I am subsidising Ipsa by £1,000 because of negative cash flow. It is still taking three-four weeks to pay some claims."

The annual survey was conducted before it was revealed last week that dozens of politicians have been claiming to rent a London home, while letting out their own property in the city.

Many blamed Ipsa's ban on mortgage interest claims, which came into force last month, for creating a perverse incentive to move out and rent.