Brown to repay more than �12k in expenses

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown is to repay more than �12,000 in expenses for cleaning, gardening and maintenance at his second home, his office announced today.

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown is to repay more than �12,000 in expenses for cleaning, gardening and maintenance at his second home, his office announced today.

The repayment came after auditor Sir Thomas Legg wrote to all MPs to highlight concerns which have arisen during his inquiry into expenses paid out over the past five years.

Sir Thomas said that any claim over �2,000 a year for cleaning or �1,000 for gardening is excessive and should be repaid.

So Mr Brown is to return �10,716.60 in relation to cleaning and �302.50 in the period 2004/05 to 2008/09.

The Prime Minister will also repay a �1,396 bill for painting and decorating from April 2006 that was inadvertently submitted twice, bringing the total to �12,415.10.