Austerity hits the House of Lords

Parliamentary budgets are not treated in the same way as other elements of public expenditure, but both Houses usually take account of the stringency being faced by the rest of the public sector.  So as Peers arrived today, they found the building especially cold (often many parts are maintained at nursing home temperatures).  The general consensus seemed to be that the heating had been turned off over the weekend (despite record low London temperatures) to save money.  It is not yet recorded how many water pipes have burst as a consequence.

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