Iain Duncan Smith had his official credit card suspended after racking up more than £1,000 in expenses debt, it has been revealed.
The Work and Pensions Secretary is one of nineteen MPs subjected to action by the Commons watchdog, over potential invalid spending.
The revelation comes after Iain Duncan Smith had previously backed the introduction of prepaid cards for benefit claimants.
Details released in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Press Association, reveal that the watchdog has suspended the credit cards of nineteen MPs since the beginning of 2015.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) issue credit cards to MPs to use for expenses costs, such as travel and accommodation.
Politicians are required to prove that spending on the cards is legitimate within one month. Failure could result in a build-up of debt, which would be recovered by refusing further expenses payments made through the cards.
According to the FOI response, Iain Duncan Smith’s card was blocked after he owed £1,057.28. He is no longer owes any money.
MPs who owed money after their credit cards were suspended:
- Ben Gummer – 1,290.07
- Brian Binley – 575.02
- David Willetts – 1,172.05
- Debbie Abrahams – 2,586.90
- Eric Joyce – 12,919.61
- Iain Duncan Smith – 1,057.28
- Ian Liddell-Grainger – 1,023.94
- Ian Paisley – 6,195.94
- Jack Dromey – 1,328.46
- John Woodcock – 1,756.13
- Mark Lancaster – 600.00
- Mike Crockart – 720.64
- Pamela Nash – 6,929.29
- Paul Farrelly – 213.00
- Rachel Reeves – 4,033.63
- Simon Danczuk – 3,645.67
- Simon Hughes – 826.56
- Stephen Gilbert – 2,925.76
- Toby Perkins – 693.30
Update: The Commons watchdog now say Iain Duncan Smith’s credit card was blocked in error, according to BBC News.