Pay-back time for MP Robert Goodwill

Pay-back time for Goodwill

  • Tim Thorne reports on the latest development in the on-going saga of the Parliamentary Expenses of  Robert Goodwill MP (Con – Scarborough & Whitby).


Goodwill Repayment


It has been confirmed that Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, has repaid the sum of £4,963.39 to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). The IPSA judged that repayments from MPs would be necessary where an MP has made a profit on their tax-payer funded second home.

Goodwill bought a London flat for £295,000 in March 2006. The property was recently valued by a Scarborough-based surveyor, so the difference between these two figures presumably relates to the IPSA repayment, as per HMRC’s Capital Gains Tax rules.

Goodwill moved into rented accommodation in April 2012 and claims over £1,400 a month for rental.

Shortly after Goodwill moved out of property, he transferred the property into ‘R W Goodwill, Property Division’ and now derives a rental income from the tax-payer funded flat, as per his Register of Interests.

It doesn’t appear that the IPSA have taken the costs of buying the tax-payer funded flat into account. In March 2006 Goodwill claimed £9,731.76 for Stamp Duty and Legal Fees for purchasing the flat. A further £225 was claimed for a survey on the property.

Real Whitby readers are invited to email Robert Goodwill MP and ask when he will repay the £9,956.76 he claimed for Stamp Duty, Legal Fees and Survey here. You are welcome to post any email replies in the comments section below.

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10 Responses to "Pay-back time for MP Robert Goodwill"

  1. kathleen parker  May 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Typical Goodwill he claims for anything and everything,we suffer the cutbacks when our Cllrs and MP are thinking of other ways to fill their pockets.

  2. Tim Thorne  May 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Email sent:


    I’ve read today that you’ve repaid £4,963.39 to the IPSA in relation to the profit you made on your tax-payer funded second home. Given that the tax-payer also paid out £9,956.76 to enable you to purchase the second home, I’m wondering when you will be paying that back?

    Kind regards,
    Tim Thorne

  3. Jacqueline  May 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    What about the full tax allowance of more than £200 a week he claims for food he is the only MP that claims the full amount what does this say to you .

    • Vanda  May 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe he is giving it to the local food-bank? Or he is just a greedy pig.

  4. Nigel Ward  May 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    The Scarborough News has caught up with Robert GOODWILL, too:

    and the Whitby Gazette:

    There is a lot of support on both sites for a call from a member of the public for the hapless Bob to resign.

    I would advise that member of the public not to hold his or her breath waiting for a Tory MP’s integrity to kick in.

  5. Trisha NF  May 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    He is no different to the rest of the fiddling scumbags in Parliament, and why does he need to claim for his food? What does he spend his salary on? Most other people have to buy their food out of their wages or pensions!! The problem is, these parasites rob the taxpayer again and again, yet they are voted into power, again and again etc etc…. (and all the parties are as bad!!)

  6. Nigel Ward  June 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

    An interesting development:

    “Dozens of MPs who repaid money amid public outrage at their expenses claims were quietly refunded under a secret deal with the Commons authorities, it has emerged.”

  7. Harry Basset  June 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

    He is quoted in the Whitby Gazette as opposing increased health provision on the East side of Whitby as the residents have chaotic lifestyles. More chaotic than his?

  8. Mike Smith  January 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm


    I’m just emailing concerning your MP Robert Goodwill ( sic ) and his £200 a week food expenses. First I think it’s £20 a day – £100 a week – tax free. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I thought you might be interested that I had a long and occasionally acrimonious correspondence with our MP for Barnsley, Michael Clapham, initially about Labour’s taxing of Incapacity Benefit but then about his claiming £400 a month, almost without fail even on Christmas Day, an allowance which ostensibly is supposed to be wholly and exclusively for work done in Parliament. ( Trying to find out how much he paid his wife Yvonne for being his P.A. proved impossible. I’d guess the full amount, or close to it, of £50,000. )

    It might be worth checking the dates when the good Goodwill claimed to see if he made the same claim whilst Parliament was not in session. I’d guess yes personally.

    Well done for your award in Private Eye. Do they send a trophy or certificate? I think we should be told!


    Mike Smith

    • Tim Thorne  January 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      The food expenses changed a few years ago. I doubt you’ll catch any MP claiming for food when Parliament is in session now. Before, you’d probably catch a sizable proportion. Remember, Parliament is closed during August and a lot of MPs were claiming for food whilst Parliament was in recess. Goodwill did that. One year he even claimed 13 monthly food allowances!


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