I'm pretty shocked at the levels of money MPs can claim towards running a home that has no morgage. £17k sounds quite a lot of money to cover bills on a second house. So why do we allow them to claim so much in expenses?
And why don't we throw some bunk beds in the cellars at the houses of parliament (an immensely protected building) and let the MPs live together there to save us the expense of paying rents and mortgages on properties in London.
One MP couple paid off their mortgage, put the property in a trust fund to save it for their kids without inheritance tax, and then charged us the maximum rent allowance possible for it!!!!!! How appalling is that?