Welfare-slamming MP makes over £600,000 a year in housing benefit
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Finance
The UK's richest MP is making a fortune in housing benefit - despite repeatedly slamming the welfare state.
Tory Richard Benyon, who is worth £110 million, brings in £625,000 from the benefit-claiming tenants living in his property empire, the Mirror reported.
The MP for Newbury complained last month that "the average household spends £3,000 per year on the welfare state," and has attacked the Labour Party for wanting "benefits to go up more than the earnings of people in work."
However, Benyon's Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited, of which he is director, received £625,964 in housing benefit last year from Berkshire Council.
Eileen Short, from Defend Council Housing, told the Mirror: “How dare Richard Benyon lecture us about ‘something for nothing’ when he is living off the poorest and milking taxpayers all the way to the bank?
“It’s not tenants who gain from housing benefit, but some of the richest people in Britain. They get richer at our expense – and blame us while they’re at it.”