More Nats have been exposed rorting the out of town allowance for ministers. Bludger Bill is claiming the allowance for living in his own house. The others are claiming because they felt like fancier digs.
McCully, Groser, Heatley, and David Carter all own homes in Wellington but have moved out of them into more expensive houses. Don’t have to dip into their quarter of a million dollar salaries to pay for the move. Nope, the taxpayer finances that choice entirely, in addition to their generous paypackets.
These ministers are now renting out the homes they own. So, the taxpayer is paying for their accommodation and because they are enjoying that largesse they are also able to pocket hundreds of dollars in rent each week. More than that, no-one can quite work out how they are managing to spend the $50,000 a year that they are claiming for their housing allowances including hundreds of dollars a week in running costs. Seems they’re padding the claims.
It’s like some kind of two-bit property scam where you and I are the mugs.