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SALFORD MP HAZEL BLEARS SECOND HOME EXPENSES SCANDAL
 

Star date: 13th May 2013

FIRST BEDROOM TAX SUICIDE AS BLEARS MAKES HUGE SECOND HOME PROFIT

While the first Bedroom Tax suicide is making the front pages, MPs, including Hazel Blears, have made huge profits on taxpayer subsidised second homes.

Salford and Eccles MP Blears, who claimed over £50,000 from Parliament in mortgage payments over just four years, reportedly sold her second home for a £120,000 profit – but has had to pay back only £7,664 to cover gains that the property made in value over a recent 15 month period.

Full details here…


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Hazel Blears Daily Mirror Bedroom Tax Headline
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In the week that 53 year old Stephanie Bottrill tragically committed suicide after landing an £80 per month Bedroom Tax bill (not that the BBC TV News bothered to report it), it was also revealed that MPs had made huge profits on flogging their tax payer subsidised second homes.

Amongst the list of 29 MPs ordered by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) to pay back a total of almost half a million pounds was Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles - who had to re-pay £7,644 on gains made from the sale of her London property in Clerkenwell…

…But the figure only relates to the value gain of her second home over a 15 month period, from June 2010 to August 2011 – a transitional period following the abolition of mortgage interest subsidy by the IPSA in the wake of the MPs expenses scandals. The IPSA today confirmed to the Salford Star that MPs don't have to pay anything for value gains on property made before June 2010.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Hazel Blears made a £120,000 profit on the sale of her tax payer subsidised second home. The Salford Star asked Hazel Blears' office to verify the profit figure but it has so far declined…

"Hazel sold her London home in August 2011 and therefore stopped claiming mortgage interest at this point - a year earlier than required by IPSA [Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority]" said a spokesman for Hazel Blears "Her expense claims in relation to this home were all in line with IPSA guidelines and she has fully paid the amount requested to cover capital gains following the sale of the property."

Hazel Blears hit the headlines in 2009 when she publicly handed in a cheque to the Inland Revenue to cover £13,332 in Capital Gains Tax she had `avoided' on the sale of two other properties in London which made a £45,000 profit (see here). The last of these was sold in 2004, following which she bought the property in Clerkenwell which the media valued at £500,000 in 2009.

At the time, Salford Star revealed that between 2004 and 2008 Hazel Blears had claimed £51,523 in mortgage payments for second homes (and a few hotel stays). In October 2008 her mortgage balance on the property she recently sold was £285,867 and repayments reached a high of £1,287 a month (see Salford Star story – click here).

During the transition period of the abolition of the subsidy (June 2010 – August 2011) Blears claimed £5,925 in mortgage interest. And sold the property in the month it ended, making a huge profit (if the Telegraph got its figures right).

While Hazel Blears has not broken any rules within this latest revelation, people who have to pay the Bedroom Tax, which penalises the poorest in society for having a spare bedroom, will be horrified that MPs can cash in on tax payer subsidised property gains for second homes.

* Hazel Blears wasn't the only Salford MP cashing in on second homes…

See Worsley MP Barbara Keeley's strange joint owned second home details – click here

And see how former Eccles MP, and now Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, is doing rather nicely renting out his second home – click here and click here

For further information on MPs current expenses etc see the IPSA website - click here

See also Hazel Blears £1000 a day Crime Job - click here

 

Main photo shows Hazel Blears on SKY News with the Capital Gains Tax cheque in 2009

White wrote
at 07:11:14 on 15 May 2013
I don't want to sound smug, but Hazel Blears did not get back in because of me. I had the greatest pleasure of telling her, when she knocked at my door [she must have been desperate to come round personally] that she would not be getting my vote.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 07:10:42 on 15 May 2013
Tahir is echoing the voices of many in Salford. Why will our elected not face the public to explain why they forget the opinions of we who voted for them. I am sure if Salford wards did get as organised as the Islington estate action group we will see Councillors and MPs begin to be more accountable to local people.
 
Tahir Chakotai - Joint Chair Of TIETARA wrote
at 14:04:36 on 14 May 2013
What Hazel Blears has done, and is still doing, is disgusting. The Salford Star reported that more homeless hostels, are closing down, because of the new legislation, which changed the way a person can claim housing benefit. Instead of Mrs. Blear's, fighting for the poor and destitute, she continues to find ways, to legally fleece the system. What i cannot understand, is how this woman got voted back in. I think the citizens of Salford need to take a good long look at whom is representing them. Any M.P or Councillor, whom is not working in the best interests of Salford Citizens, should stand down, or be removed as a representative of this city.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 13:15:57 on 14 May 2013
UKIP, Britain and people first. want to change the above story, VOTE LABOUR OUT
 
Pissed off wrote
at 05:50:40 on 14 May 2013
Biggest pisstake IMHO was Hazel claiming the full wack for food every month which was more than a lot have to live on, and Keeley, the utility bills sent to her second home were addressed to her hubby as he was living with her, so why was the taxpayer paying the full amount? It's bad enough having her bleed us dry without paying her hubbies bills as well.
 
Robbed wrote
at 05:50:26 on 14 May 2013
@White, you make a good point, and I don't think HMRC would confirm if it was or was not payed back due to confidentiality. Notice how the cheque is very tatty? It's because she had it in her hand for a week just so she could hold it up everytime a camera or jorno appeared.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 05:49:07 on 14 May 2013
In view of this tragic news about Stephanie, when MPs have reported profits on second homes, I urge Salford Labour Party to stand aside in the Weaste and Seedley by-election as a mark of respect that can help open a Salford Council Chamber debate on the evil of Bedroom Tax. This is a very, very sad day indeed.
 
Do They Care? wrote
at 05:48:34 on 14 May 2013
Its this sort of stuff that makes me really angry and yet all her labour brown nose lot will kiss her ass. This City needs to shed its shackles of NEW Labour and forget about the parasites that are sucking this great CITY dry. This woman needs locking up just like benefit fraudsters-She isnt no different to a common thief
 
White wrote
at 14:17:49 on 13 May 2013
We saw the cheque and herd what Hazel Blears said, but is there any evidence that she actually paid back the money? Indeed, is there any mechanism for paying back money? The capital gain may have been immoral but it wasn’t actually illegal, so would HMRC take it? My opinion has always been that it was a publicity stunt, but I am willing to be proved wrong.
 
Chris Taylor wrote
at 14:17:32 on 13 May 2013
It's not the first suicide. I remember another suicide in Salford. The poor old guy had spent thousands of his hard earned income improving his flat. He was rewarded with a rent increase. It seems a double whammy. Massive rent increases and then to put the icing on the cake a bedroom subsidy. Non of it the fault of tenants. I think there should be some proper debate as I doubt tenants voted in favour of any of this.
 
Brian Nelson wrote
at 14:17:05 on 13 May 2013
Just make you sick, they say we're all in it together how many people round Salford do you see pocketing £120,000, not many only local politicians and MP's, Oh and the odd Mayor and associates......
 
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