In the wake of the Parliamentary Expenses Scandal that has rocked Great Britain this year, many politicians that we gave our trust (and votes) to have been exposed as cheats. They used the existing parliamentary expenses system to claim for some ludicrous and outrageous items. No matter whether it was a 59p tin of dog food or £22,500 for dry rot repairs in a home that conveniently was changed to a second home days before the claim, the British public have taken a stand and shouted for reform; we will no longer stand for our politicians raiding the public purse for extravagances and items that are not relevant to their job.
From the publicity that the scandal has attracted it seems clear that the system was extremely flawed. Politicians had to submit their claims to the Fees Office, whose officers were responsible for deciding whether the claim was approved or not. The tales of the expense claims has shown that there were queries on many of the claims submitted, but they were eventually paid out. This suggests that there were higher powers at work that controlled the Fees Office rather like a puppet. Since the scandal rocked British taxpayers, the Fees Office has been abolished and reform is underway.