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Cash delay for mileage claim MSP
Keith Raffan
Mr Raffan was investigated over his parliamentary expenses
Former MSP Keith Raffan has had 6,000 deducted from his pension until he can explain irregularities in his expenses.

The Lib Dem quit in January, blaming a long-running back problem. He had submitted a 41,000 mileage claim, which was double that of any other MSP.

Last month, parliament officials decided the 56-year-old should be entitled to access his 15,000 pension.

But after an independent audit they have decided to withhold 6,000 from his one-off 25,000 ill health payment.

Mr Raffan's expenses claim was examined by the Holyrood auditors Deloitte and Touche.

The Scottish Parliament said it was entitled to pursue the return of any allowances incorrectly claimed or received.


SEE ALSO:
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16 Sep 05 |  Scotland
Ex-MSP probed over expense claims
21 Jan 05 |  Scotland
Health forces MSP to stand down
07 Jan 05 |  Scotland
MSP expenses hit a total of 8m
22 Dec 04 |  Scotland
MSPs' expenses revealed
04 Dec 03 |  Scotland


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