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Mod Cons And Labour Saving Devices On MPs’ John Lewis List

by | 13th, March 2008

YOU cannot help but notice that David Cameron’s kitchen is not too shabby.

On his Webcameron, the kitchen has all the mod cons – which might make a good name for Dave’s rebranded party. (Note to the Tory marketing team – call me.)

Very soon all MPs will be setting up a camera in their kitchens. News is that MPs are now allowed to claim expenses of up to £10,000 for a new kitchen.

And they can kit it out. There is an additional £2,000 allowance for furniture and £750 for a TV or stereo. The one proviso is that they should own a second home. Or, failing that, they should invent one.

It all part of the so-called “John Lewis list” used by Commons officials to list maximum amounts for items.

MPs can claim items up to £23,000 per year.

That list in full:

Air conditioning unit – £299.99
Bed – £1,000.00
Bedside cabinet – £100.00
Bookcase/shelf – £200.00
Bookcase/cabinet – £500.00
Carpet – £35.00 per square metre
Carpet fitting – £6.50 per square metre
Coffee maker/machine – £100.00
Coffee table – £250.00
Dining armchairs (each) – £150.00
Dining chairs (each) – £90.00
Dining table – £600.00
Dishwasher – £375.00
Drawer chest (five) – £500.00
Dressing table – £500.00
Dry cleaning – both personal and household [items] are allowable within reasonable limits
Food mixer – £200.00
Freestanding mirror – £300.00
Fridge/freezer combi – £550.00
Gas cooker – £650.00
Hi-fi/stereo – £750.00
Installation of new bathroom – £6,335.00
Installation of new kitchen – £10,000.00
Lamp table – £200.00
Nest of tables – £200.00
Recordable DVD – £270.00
Rugs (each) – £300.00
Shredder – £50.00
Sideboard – £795.00
Suite of furniture – £2,000.00
Television set – £750.00
Tumble dryer – £250.00
Underlay (basic) – £6.99 per square metre
Wardrobe – £700.00
Washer dryer – £500.00
Washing machine – £350.00
Wooden flooring/carpets – £35.00 per square metre
Workstation – £150.00

The list offers an insight into the tastes of our great and good. The modern shredder against the nest of tables.

Not Teas Maid; no electric blanket; no heated rollers. No iPod shuffle; no wind turbine; oddly, no webcam…



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