An Attack on Disability Claimants: Scroungers? He should know.
Between 2001 and 2009, Grayling claimed for a flat in Pimlico, close to the House of Commons, despite having a constituency home less than 17 miles away and owning two buy to let properties in Wimbledon. Grayling claimed over £100,000 for the flat between 2001 and 2007. The Daily Mirror reported that Grayling would benefit from the increase in the price of the flat, at least £100,000. Grayling says he uses the flat when “working very late” because he needs to “work very erratic and late hours most days when the House of Commons is sitting.”
During the Parliamentary expenses scandal, The Daily Telegraph reported that Grayling refitted and redecorated the flat in 2005 at a cost of thousands of pounds. The newspaper alleged Grayling “spread the cost over two years” by submitting receipts in both 2005-06 and 2006–07, avoiding the upper limit for expense claims. Grayling said that both the water and electrical systems failed “leaving the place needing a major overhaul”.