Lawmaker Defends His 14-Cent Travel Expense

UK's Rob Wilson wants reimbursement for trip that would've taken 4 minutes to walk
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2015 2:29 PM CDT
Lawmaker Defends His 14-Cent Travel Expense
Even short trips add up, says the lawmaker.   (AP Photo/Mike Musielski, FILE)

A British lawmaker is defending claiming $0.14 (yes, 14 cents) on expenses for a short car journey, saying such claims may look "odd" but that the mileage adds up. Conservative lawmaker Rob Wilson said the 352-yard journey in March 2014 was a "constituency engagement." He also made several other small claims for short journeys, including 20 cents for a trip in his car to attend a business meeting. Wilson told Metro News yesterday he was an active lawmaker who often met with local voters and that while many of his trips are fairly short, they add up because he takes a number of them each week.

"I can see how small claims might look odd, but it is important that all MPs do the job properly and stay connected with local people," he tells the paper. Metro News notes that the 14-cent trip to an appointment on the same street as his house would've taken him about four minutes to walk. And for what it's worth, beginning at the end of July, British lawmakers will get a 10% pay increase from slightly more than $104,000 a year to just over $115,000. (Read more travel expenses stories.)

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