Angela Rayner reimburses certain Apple charges following the AirPod expense scandal.
After a squabble over payment, ANGELA RAYNER has partially refunded the cost of several of her Apple products claimed as expenditures.
Earlier in 2021, the Labour Party’s Deputy Leader sparked controversy when she defended her £249 purchase of customised Apple Airpods. Ms Rayner has partially reimbursed some of the prices of her Apple purchases, according to sites that track MPs’ expenses claims.
Ms Rayner was paid £215,296.23 between February 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021, according to the website MPs’ Expenses.
Ms Rayner’s overall staffing budget payroll costs for the 2019-20 year accounted for £155,105 of this amount.
Ms Rayner has claimed £52,401.51 in business expenses, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
Ms Rayner claimed money for two purchases from Apple costing £1,619 and £417 under the Labour MP’s equipment purchases in “office costs,” according to IPSA.
Ms Rayner was discovered to have claimed seven purchases from Apple totaling £821.85 under “office charges” for mobile telephone equipment.
Ms Rayner, on the other hand, is shown on IPSA’s website as having paid a £256.24 repayment on March 5.
These were reportedly for Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and Smart Folio cases, according to Guido Fawkes.
It comes after Ms Rayner was slammed by Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway after she chastised the government for not paying nurses more.
“When you look at things and you look at methods, for example, one of the things you’ve been accused of is putting in an expense claim for your AirPods,” Ms Garraway said in March.
“Now, you might say that in a tech environment when you’re trying to work in lockdown, that was necessary.
“But that doesn’t look good, and pointing the finger is so easy, isn’t it?”
Ms Rayner justified herself by claiming that she used the £249 headphones for four hours per day during Zoom sessions.
She claimed the cost was “nowhere approaching the billions of pounds” that had been squandered on contracts awarded to persons with no prior expertise.
“So my answer is that we would not mismanage the money going ahead; we would ensure that the management of funds is cautious, as it should be,” the Deputy Labour Leader continued.
“Because it’s taxpayer money, and we want to reward the people who have been on the front lines, putting their lives at danger, by giving them a raise.”Brinkwire Summary News”.