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Yesterday it was David Blunkett and his privately funded trip to South Africa, which he forgot to own up to. Today it is Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and her £116,000 expenses claim. According to the BBC: ‘Ms Smith reportedly claimed £116,000 in expenses for her home in Redditch, Worcestershire, after telling the Commons that her sister's home - where she stays while in London - was her main residence.’ The tax-free Additional Cost Allowance is worth up to £24,006 a year at present.