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Finance Minister To Meet Auditor-General's Office Over Allowance

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Bill English
Bill English

Wellington, Sept 28 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English will have an informal meeting with the Auditor-General's office this evening to discuss an investigation into his housing allowances claim.

The Deputy Prime Minister considers the Southland town of Dipton, in his electorate, to be his primary residence under parliamentary rules, but his family has lived in, and owned, a house in Wellington for years.

He came under fire when it was revealed he was now claiming a much higher allowance to stay in the Wellington house than when he lived there as an opposition MP.

He admitted that it was "a bad look" and paid back the $12,000 difference in allowances.

Mr English now says he has not received an allowance for the last two months while he considers the rules.

Auditor-General Lyn Provost has asked for more information before deciding whether to investigate a complaint by Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton into the matter.

Today, a spokesman for Mr English said the Auditor-General's office wrote to the minister after receiving the complaint.

They said "feel free" to get in touch and Mr English has done that.

He will meet with a team from the office tonight for informal talks which will not form part of the inquiry, the spokesman told NZPA.

Mr English will be informed about what the Auditor-General's office is doing.

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