In this way Smith can legally send the bills for running her Redditch home to the taxpayer. Besides plumbing ($604.76), bed linen ($164.10) and a Samsung WS2BA116T flat screen TV ($520.66), Smith also claimed $3,580.46 a year to pay her cleaners and $17,300.60 annually for her mortgage from 2006 to 2008.
Smith is only one of the U.K. MPs who is currently caught up in a tax scandal. She became the subject of cartoons and a target of public mockery after the claims for her husband's porn movies were leaked.
British Chancellor Alistair Darling is the latest MP to be dragged into the fray over expenses. He reportedly charged expenses on his second home in Edinburgh while living free of rent at 11 Downing Street and renting out his London flat.
British politicians are allowed to claim their expenses and charge the taxpayer, provided the expense helps them do their duties, so they are able to justify using public money to finance a second home outside of London or furnish a new home in London. But, in a time when everyone is tightening their belt, does the British taxpayer have the right to be offended by the lavish expenses of their representatives or is it just part of the job?
Sales assistant Pilar Vernon, 31, thinks the MPs should make a moral decision.
"I'm jealous of the MPs. These are tough times and there are people making much less than them. Where can I sign up to claim my expenses?" Vernon said.