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Sir Thomas Legg's pay

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Martin Rosenbaum | 14:30 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Given that high pay in the public sector has been in the news over the past few days, as has the issue of MPs' expenses, how much was paid to the man who was given the task of auditing MPs' claims?

Sir Thomas LeggThe BBC has discovered through a freedom of information request to the House of Commons that Sir Thomas Legg was paid £163,125 for his work on his review of MPs' individual claims.

Since he started the job in May 2009 and finished in February 2010, this was for considerably less than a year's work. In comparison, an MP's salary in 2009/10 was £64,766.

So Sir Thomas was paid at a rate at least well over double (probably treble or more) that of the MPs whose thriftiness with public money he was employed to assess.

(Incidentally, on the position of David Laws, Sir Thomas concluded that Mr Laws had no issues on his expenses, presumably on the basis of the information that Mr Laws had supplied.)

Sir Thomas declined to comment.


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