Visitors to the site are invited to make their own on-line expenses claims which are then sent to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and LibDem boss Nick Clegg.
The web-based protest aims to keep the expenses scandal high profile with the public for as long as possible to force the Government to take ‘real and effective action’ to prevent any future misuse of public funds.
The man behind the website, freelance film-maker Reg Sanders, from Nantwich in Cheshire said: “I decided that I had to do something because the expenses row has already started to slip out of the headlines.
“The House of Commons is soon to go off on holiday for the summer recess and although leading politicians have made their apologies and excuses, the expenses system that sparked all the hullabaloo remains the same.
“We all know that politicians believe that the great British public has the attention span of a gnat. They are passed masters using talk, sound bites and interminable delays to do absolutely nothing about matters that we the public feel are important.
“So I decided to do my utmost to ensure that voters don’t forget about the MPs expenses claims too quickly, added the former BBC TV producer and director who now runs Hungry Wolf Films.
Reg teamed up with Martin Corlett-Moss, MD of Nantwich based creative and digital marketing specialists Mobious to put together a fun web-site with a serious mission.
“We wanted to make it fun to fill in,” explained Reg. “So we ask people to fill in their own expenses claim using items loosely based on the dubious examples exposed by the press at the height of the expenses scandal”.
Examples of claims on the Dept of Home Expenses site include:-
• Cleaning of office (I’m far too important to do it myself) -£2,387
• 24 hr security for 2nd home as I’m never there - £6384
• New PC for researcher (when I say researcher I mean my son and the PC is for Halo 3) - £1,645
“Some of the examples are hilarious and have been chosen to give visitors something to smile about, “added Reg. “ But the underlying reason for this campaign is deadly serious. Most folk are angry at the injustice that has allowed well-paid MPs to make claims that the man-in-the street would feel were scandalous.
“I would urge every voter in Britain to click onto www.departmentofhomeexpenses.com and make their claim. Hopefully they will find it a simple and fun experience. But most importantly it is their way of registering concern and disgust over the MPs expenses episode.
“By making their claim they will ensure this issue remains high profile until Gordon Brown and his re-shuffled cabinet do what needs to be done to reassure us that this disgraceful situation can never arise again.”
For further information click onto: www.departmentofhomeexpenses.com