SCOTTISH peers have claimed a fortune in expenses and per diems during the pandemic, with the figure reaching nearly one million.
But who are the worst offenders and those with the biggest losses between April 2020 and July 2021?
Scroll down to find out.
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Name: Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, Midlothian
Background: Foulkes was a Member of the House of Commons between 1979 and 2005, and served as Minister of State in the Scottish office between 2001 and 2002 under Prime Minister Tony Blair and was awarded a life peerage in 2005. He also served as MSP between 2007 and 2011.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 216
Daily allowance: Â£ 55,936
Travel costs: Â£ 8,707
Total claim: Â£ 64,643
Name: Lord Purvis of Tweed, Scottish Borders
Background: Purvis served as MSP at Holyrood for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale between 2003 and 2011, and served as the party’s shadow finance secretary. He joined the Lords in 2013 and is one of the youngest peers in the house.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 192
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 49,444
Expenses claimed: Â£ 13,702
Total claim: Â£ 63,146
Name: Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, Stirlingshire
Background: McConnell was Prime Minister of Scotland between 2001 and 2007, and MSP between 1999 and 2011. He previously served as a Councilor in Stirling between 1984 and 1993. McConnell was appointed Life Peer in 2010.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 193
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 53,323
Expenses claimed: Â£ 8,834
Total claim: Â£ 62,157
Name: Lord Elder, Glasgow
Background: Former political adviser to Tony Blair, Elder was made a life peer in 1999 and currently sits on the Covid-19 Lords committee.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 156
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 45,878
Expenses claimed: Â£ 7,505
Total claim: Â£ 53,383
Name: Lord Palmer, Scottish Borders
Party: Crossed bench
Background: Palmer is one of the ninety hereditary peers who were elected to remain in the House of Lords in 1999. He has served in the House since 1990, having succeeded his uncle in the peerage.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 123
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 38,437
Expenses claimed: Â£ 7,880
Total Claim: Â£ 46,317
Name: Baroness Goldie, Renfrewshire
Background: Goldie was Member of Parliament for the West of Scotland from 1999 to 2016, and was Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2005 to 2011. She joined the House of Lords in October 2013 and is currently Minister of State to the Ministry of Defense.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 132
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 34,254
Expenses claimed: Â£ 10,624
Total Claim: Â£ 44,878
Name: Lord Strathclyde, Ayrshire
Background: Strathclyde is another hereditary peer and entered the house in 1985. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Scotland Office between 1990 and 1992, as Minister of State in the Department of Trade and Industry between 1992 and 1994, and as leader of the House of Lords between 2010 and 2013, before stepping down to pursue a âcareer in businessâ.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 140
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 34,239
Expenses claimed: Â£ 7,611
Total claim: Â£ 41,850
Name: Lord Maxton, Scotland
Background: Maxton was Member of Parliament for Glasgow Cathcart between 1979 and 2001, having been elected to this post five times. He resigned in the 2001 general election and was made a life peer in 2004.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 117
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 30,217
Expenses claimed: Â£ 8,071
Total claim: Â£ 38,288
Name: Lord Hope of Craighead, Edinburgh
Party: Crossed bench
Background: Hope received a life peerage in 2005 and has served on numerous committees in the Lords. He was the first vice-president of the Supreme Court between 2009 and 2013 and was dean of the Faculty of Lawyers between 1986 and 1989.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 152
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 35,563
Expenses claimed: Â£ 229
Total Claim: Â£ 35,792
Name: Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Stirling
Background: Forsyth was Member of Parliament for Stirling from 1983 to 1997 and was Secretary of State for Scotland under John Major from 1995 to 1997. He was knighted in 1997 and appointed to the House of Lords in 1999. He chairs currently the economic affairs of the Lord. Committee.
Number of days in the House of Lords: 151
Daily allowance claimed: Â£ 30,244
Expenses claimed: Â£ 3,052
Total claim: Â£ 33,296
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