The amount spent by MPs on expenses soared by more than a quarter in just one year.
Despite the expenses scandal three years ago, MPs claimed £89.4million last year in taxpayer funding for accommodation, travel, staffing and other costs.
This is up from £71million the year before, but the expenses watchdog said that figure was unusually low because of the 2010 election, which meant a shorter parliamentary year
The total, which includes the cost of 50 iPads bought by MPs, is now only slightly lower than the £95.4million total in 2008/09, on the eve of the expenses scandal.
The Lib Dems’ Greg Mulholland came top of the expenses league table – claiming almost £190,000 in just one year; three times his salary.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed almost £170 on petrol for his intern’s motorbike, and Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman claimed £7,500 for a focus group of young people following last year’s riots.
Sir Ian Kennedy, chairman of IPSA, said the figures showed that the ‘expenses scandal is behind us’, and that 99 per cent of MPs were sticking to the new rules.
‘There will be some who might say “this is too much” or “I could do it for less”,’ he said. ‘But we should look at the issue in more depth. MPs are there to represent us