MPs could save the taxpayer £5 million by signing up to a Travelodge Business Account Card
1st Apr 2009
Travelodge has written to the Speaker of the House Commons highlighting the savings that MPs could make by staying with Travelodge in London rather than in a second home.
The average cost per MP for their second home allowance is £17,693 but staying at Travelodge London Southwark Monday to Thursday nights whilst Parliament is sitting would cost a maximum of £10,065. With the Southwark hotel being only two Underground stops from Parliament, MPs would be able to come back easily and safely from late night sittings.
With a Business Account Card, MPs could secure further discounts and sensible accommodation management could cut that cost further through utilising Travelodge's numerous £9 and £19 sales. They will also be able to accumulate Argos Reward Points, allowing them to furnish their constituency homes without spending any further money
Mark Kemp, Director of Revenue at Travelodge, said:
"MPs are throwing millions of pounds away through their second home allowance. By staying at the Southwark Travelodge they could save the taxpayer at least 5 million and be only two stops from Parliament on the Underground.
"We would be more than happy to enter into an agreement with the Speaker to supply MPs a Travelodge Business Account Card and ensure that the taxpayer receives value for money."