Lady UDDIN - has she repaid that £125,349.10 yet?

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Office of the Leader of the House of Lords,

I make this request for information under the FoI Act 2000.

Knowing that Lady Uddin has been found guilty of claiming public funds to which she was not entitled, has she paid back the amount found liable for recovery, i.e. £125,349.10?

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

57. We endorse the finding that Lady Uddin has wrongly claimed, and has received, the sum of £125,349.10, to which she was not entitled. The recovery of this money is not a disciplinary matter, and so is not a matter for this Committee. We therefore recommend that it is for the Clerk of the Parliaments, as Accounting Officer, consulting the House Committee as necessary, to consider what arrangements with Lady Uddin may be necessary to secure repayment of this sum to the House.

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

Dear Mr Wayt,

Thank you for your FOI request. Unfortunately the Leader's of the House of Lords office is not able to respond to your request as the matter is for the House authorities. I have, however, passed this request directly to the house authorities, cc'ed, who will respond to your email,

With kind regards

John Williams
Office Manager to the Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde
Leader of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Office of the Leader of the House of Lords,

For the Attention of: Mr John Williams,

I am most obliged for your helpful and positive reply.
Thank you for passing my request onto the correct people.

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Kevin Wells left an annotation ()

I will monitor this interesting FOI request with interest.

http://kevsoft.co.uk/index.php?subaction...

Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

Ref: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopi...

Uddin belongs to the same club as Mrs Goudie.
Goudie raked in £250,000 but was let off the hook by paying back just £5000.
A mockery of justice at the soul of our laws.
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Investigations into nine peers with questionable designations were dropped after Mr Pownall, who is responsible for policing the system, ruled that it was sufficient for a peer to stay for just one night a month at a property for it to be their main home.
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Nice "policeman" is Mr Pownall.

Kevin Wells left an annotation ()

I bet if the general public were to make a claim of quarter of a million pound that they were not entitled to would the get away with only paying back five grand?

Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

I agree most sincerely!

This system cannot be allowed to go on. I have asked the MET if they are going to prosecute.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ba...

Dear Captain Wayt

I am writing in response to your request for information which was transferred to the House of Lords administration by the Leader's Office on 1 February.

I can confirm that the House of Lords administration has not yet received a
payment from Baroness Uddin. The House of Lords' Accounting Officer, in
consultation with its House Committee, is taking steps to recover the money the
House of Lords Committee for Privileges and Conduct determined should be repaid, and is in contact with Baroness Uddin about this.

Inappropriate uses of the expenses system are dealt with under the Code of Conduct, which is available online at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa....

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request for information, ask
the House of Lords to conduct an internal review. Requests for an internal
review should be addressed to [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
or to the Freedom of Information Officer, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW.
Arrangements will be made for someone who has not been involved in dealing with
your request to conduct an internal review. Our aim is to complete internal
reviews within 20 working days.

If, following this review, you remain dissatisfied with the House's treatment of
your request for information then you may take your complaint to the Information
Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Daybank
Information Compliance Manager
House of Lords
[email address]

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear FOI LORDS,

I am obliged to Mr Daybank for letting me know Mrs UDDIN has NOT paid back one penny of the £125,349.10 she willfully and wrongly procured from public funds.

Had such wanton pilfering of such a huge amount happened within a company or other normal establishment subject to the common laws dealing with theft, this woman would surely have been 'charged' by now.

As a taxpayer from whom she has made a financial gain from, I cannot bring myself to understand how "the recovery of this money is not a disciplinary".

I am ashamed that such slack Rules and Procedures exist within hallowed walls that protect scoundrels.

I have written to the MET police asking them what they are going to do about this scandal - but once again there seems to be paper-work and other procedures that prevent the normal course of events, that you and I would have been subjected to, preventing the magic words, "you are nicked" from being said.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

57. We endorse the finding that Lady Uddin has wrongly claimed, and has received, the sum of £125,349.10, to which she was not entitled. The recovery of this money is not a disciplinary matter, and so is not a matter for this Committee.
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Should Mrs UDDIN somehow be persuaded to hand back the cash (with interest) I shall be further in your debt if you could let me know.

I shall now go and watch hell freeze over whilst the wheels of justice crank away.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Kevin Wells left an annotation ()

Congratulations on what you have found out so far Captain.

I've blogged it

http://kevsoft.co.uk/index.php?subaction...

Stephen West left an annotation ()

Dear Captain Bryn Wayt: very well done to be following this up. It is a disgrace that someone holding such an office should behave as she has. It is an even greater disgrace that the authorities appointed and trusted by the people of the UK have been so lax in allowing the fraud and then in not obtaining repayment (with interest). I should be prepared to assist in any way with your effort, including (but not limited to) initiating legal proceedings against this individual. I used to admire the institutions of this country, such as the House of Lords and I simply cannot imagine why the peers allow that great place to be brought into such disrepute - as the phrase (roughly) goes: all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to stand by and do nothing.

Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

Dear Mr West,

Thank you for your kind remarks, and for your offer of help to bring justice to bear on this woman - there will be no justice if this rolls on and on.

You are probably familiar with the answer I received previously from the House of Lords:

FOI LORDS

28 February 2011

Dear Captain Wayt

I am writing in response to your request for information which was transferred to the House of Lords administration by the Leader's Office on 1 February.
I can confirm that the House of Lords administration has not yet received a payment from Baroness Uddin. The House of Lords' Accounting Officer, in consultation with its House Committee, is taking steps to recover the money the ................
House of Lords Committee for Privileges and Conduct determined should be repaid, and is in contact with Baroness Uddin about this.
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They say, "pressure makes diamonds" so if we can apply some MORE pressure from all quarters that can only help. You could write letters/emails to those involved in The House of Lords.

If it comes to it, we could get some sort of Private Prosecution against Mrs UDDIN - but I believe it should not have to come to that.
Perhaps you could write to your MP and get him/her involved we might see more oars in the water.
It seems to me we, as taxpayers, are being taken for mugs and some of those wearing ermine are not worth the candle. The protection that Parliament offers those people is beyond the grasp of 'outsiders'. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, and I for one want the balance of the law to tip OUR way.

Thanks again Mr West: writing to The House of Lords' Accounting Officer may assist our quest for simple justice (with interest!).

Kind regards

Captain Bryn Wayt

Stephen West left an annotation ()

Dear Captain Bryn Wayt: I shall follow up with my MP and with further letters which I will now start to organise; I believe I have one or two angles which may be useful. I will let you know via Posts hereon of any progress made. Further, I would think that publicity on this will be unwelcome to the House(s) as it shows them in such a very poor light. I would guess they hope the taxpayer will in time forget the matter and will thus overlook the non - repayment and the ineffectual efforts to recover the debt. As you say, if you or I stole £125k from the government we should be hounded - even for a £40 parking ticket this government will escalate in in very quick order to £100s and bailiffs, and similarly for car tax they will take and crush one's car if one owes them £200; but for a Member of the House of Lords who dishonestly took £125,349.10 they are only able to try to reach her (ineffectually) via letter? It beggars belief and it is no wonder that there is a loss of a culture of fairness and decency in this country when government behaves with such extraordinary double standards - our young people look at it and think "its not what is right, its what can be gotten away with" that is the example they are shown by people like this AND the lack of the authorities taking any swift and effective action. Mr Cameron et al will talk (sincerely I have no doubt) about social justice and social obligations and setting good examples (as I try to set for my children as they go out in life), as such they would do well to start here and I simply am at a loss to understand why they allow such a terrible example to be set by our Parliament. Some thought should therefore perhaps be given to how best to raise this again in the wider media. Best Wishes.

Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

Dear Mr West,

Thank you very much for your intention to devote time and energy trying to assist me (and probably the nation) in trying to get Mrs Uddin to pay back what she illegally gained - we can show those in higher places that there is honour alive out here, and we want to see justice done.

Perhaps it is best if we communicate privately, here is my email address (insert with small case and no spaces): A Q P M 55 @ D S L dot P I P E X dot C O M

Email hackers will have to read a lot to skim that !

May I add that I agree with all you have said about HMG. I despair at their behaviour in so many areas. The latest, Lord Taylor of Warwick will hear the clunk of a jail door tonight: another indelible stain in the highest Chamber of the land.

Kindest wishes,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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