CHEADLE'S MP Bill Cash said his expenditure was “reasonable” for his work in Parliament after figures show that he cost taxpayers more than £200,000 during the last year.
Figures released from Westminster show that Mr Cash claimed £16,732.33 for his constituency office; £17,044.86 for accommodation; £1,369.52 for general administration; £9,394.84 for travel and subsistence; £10,677 on staffing; £27,500 for a "connected party payment" as Mr Cash employs his wife Bridgett Cash; £65,738 basic MP salary, plus £14,582 as a committee chairman and £101,792.88 on staffing bill.
Mr Cash said this week: "My expenditure is for reasonable costs incurred in carrying out my parliamentary duties in order to assist me in my work representing my constituents at Westminster."
However Cheadle town mayor councillor Ian Plant said the figures show that “a lot of money” was being spent on MPs, at a time councils were closing down care homes and cutting services.
He said: "Hospitals are in desperate need of money and services are being cut across the board. The money seems to be going to the wrong places.
"There are more than 650 MPs. How much is all this costing when we have also just had a lot of benefit changes.
"It is time MPs looked at how much all this is costing the country."
Figures also show that Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley cost taxpayers more than £200,000 during the last year.
Mrs Bradley has claimed £16,117.85 for her constituency office; £24,750 for accommodation; £384.29 for general administration; £11,179. 86 for travel and subsistence; £770 for constituency rental; and "connected party payment" as she employs her husband on a salary of around £42,500.
On top of this Mrs Bradley's salary as an MP is £65,738 and her staffing bill was £99,172.
Mrs Bradley has defended the payments as she said being an MP was “like running a small firm”, and that her husband is employed on an interim basis. She is one of 155 out of 654 MPs who employ members of their family.
She said: "Being an MP is like a small business. It's a way of life. It's a job that the whole family gets involved in. The people you call on are your family.
"You don't have a day off, and your family are as involved as you are. You need someone you can rely on completely."
She added: "I have a good, competent staff across the constituency and they should be properly remunerated. They work hard for the people of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
"I don't claim for travel within the constituency, only when I go outside, and to and from London. The total indicates how often I travel to and from London.
"My husband is in a pay band of between £40,000 and £44,999. He gets paid the same as everybody else in that band.
"He's still doing it on an interim basis. I lost a valuable member of staff, and he's still interim.
"I hope at some point that will change. It's only ever been on an interim basis. When I'm ready to recruit I will be doing that."