Tuesday 23 June 2009

Telegraph puts MPs' expenses online

The Telegraph from today is publishing an MPs' expenses database online.The paper says its searchable database will include exclusive documentary evidence as well as detailed figures assembled over recent weeks as part of an exhaustive investigation into Parliament's expenses claims system.
In the coming weeks, the database will be extended to include the uncensored documentation for the claims, including receipts and correspondence with the Parlimentary authorities, of all MPs.
Readers will be able to find the files for their own MP, either by name or constituency, and examine the totality of their claims across a series of categories, stretching back to 2001.
The categories include claims for second homes, office costs, communications, computer equipment, staffing, travel, stationary and postage.
A selection of uncensored original documentation is also published today. The Telegraph says it is committed to publishing the full files for every single MP and the process of adding all those forms will continue over the coming weeks.

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