- GOOD VALUE: Henry Smith says his wife’s pay rise represents good value for money
Street Democracy writes:
This is our local MP for Crawley, a cold and heartless politician.
Henry Smith MP voted for student fees to increase, and couldn’t care less if the students suffer never ending debt afterwards. This is the man who voted for the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and supports ‘Bedroom Tax’. Couldn’t care less if the disabled are evicted, as he supports the heartless and soulless ATOS too.
This is the man who when agreeing to meeting the hard up social tenants effected by the vile ‘Bedroom Tax’ wouldn’t even contribute towards hiring out a hall.
This is the man on£66,000 and he couldn’t spare £25. We all had to put our hands in our own pockets to get a hall to have Henry Smith bless us with his presence.
This is the man that promised to help an amputee disabled person worried about being evicted after having his disability allowanced slashed. He was terrified about this ‘Bedroom Tax’ because Crawley Borough Council couldn’t make up their minds as to whether he was disabled or not to qualify for DHP.
Wheelchair bound, chronic pain suffering amputee clearly wasn’t enough to be classed as disabled and he was at first charged with the putrid housing legislation as he needed a spare room to sleep in.
This MP did nothing to help him. This is an outrageous low life in a suit who is supporting Fracking in Balcombe in Sussex too. He couldn’t care less if it is dangerous, its not in his back yard. For more on this reptile click here for thisissussex or continue reading.
GOOD VALUE: Henry Smith says his wife’s pay rise represents good value for money
EXTRA HOURS: Jennifer Millar-Smith with husband Henry
CRAWLEY’S MP has claimed he doesn’t know how much he is paying his own wife but admitted she has had a pay rise of about £3,000.
Henry Smith’s wife, Jennifer Millar-Smith, is listed as earning between £20,000 and £24,999 on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) website. But when asked if that was correct Mr Smith said he did not know and that he had queried it with IPSA, after receiving a report in the last week on his expenses claims.
He added that he believes her salary, as his personal assistant, to be about £19,000. Mr Smith said the pay increase was because Mrs Millar-Smith is working more hours than previously and that it still represented a good deal for the taxpayer. He said: “I can’t tell you off the top of my head (how much she is being paid) but I believe it is about £19,000.
“She is working longer hours now, about 30 hours, but the reality is she is doing more than that because she is working weekends. “If I was employing someone else on that 30-hour contract they would not be doing the extra hours that she is.” A spokesman for IPSA said the amount shown online was based on a 40-hour week and that the actual figure would depend on how many hours she works.
In 2011 IPSA stated on its website that Mrs Millar-Smith was earning £25,000 to £29,999 when in fact she was earning £16,000. IPSA later issued an apology for the error. Mr Smith also defended claims he has made for just 80 pence for parking during the current financial year (2013/14) saying he “had to draw the line somewhere” when it comes to what he does and doesn’t claim.
Aside from his wife’s wage, in the 2012/13 financial year Mr Smith claimed a total of £31,747, up from £29,882 the previous year. That figure included £14,052 for constituency office costs, £11,879 for staffing costs and £5,815 for travel. He put the increase down partly to the fact his constituency office needed to replace a printer and a PC, which were both un-repairable.
Mr Smith, whose basic wage is £66,396, explained that his personal rule is to claim travel and parking costs outside of Crawley but never in his own constituency. He said: “MPs are never going to be thanked for putting in expenses claims but you have to decide where to draw the line. “I made a rule that I would never claim for travel or parking around Crawley but I would claim for anything outside of Crawley.”