A reader of Not The Barnet Times has written to Don’t Call Me Dave following an unsuccessful attempt to obtain details of an apparent overpayment of allowances to his MEP.
He received the following reply to his request for information:
I refer to your message on the subject of MEP allowances.
Please be advised that the European Parliament does not provide financial details on individual MEPs.
The financial services of the European Parliament verify whether claims are justified and ask for reimbursement when necessary.
We thank you for your interest in the activity of the European Parliament.
Well, that’s OK then because we all know that the EU is very good at looking after taxpayers' money!
Don’t Call Me Dave does not know if there is a European equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act and would be grateful if any readers could enlighten him.
Taxpayers have an absolute right to know how their money is spent and if there has been an overpayment, we are entitled to be told the full details. Have our Lords and Masters in Brussels not taken any notice of the damage inflicted on Westminster by the expenses scandal? Perhaps they are too arrogant to care?
It is interesting to note that the EU official neither confirmed nor denied the suggestion that an overpayment had been made to the MEP in question. If there had been no overpayment, why not just say so?