Cost Of Refurbishing Rundown Loos Is Big News In Britain

LONDON (July 1, 2013)—The cost of refurbishing two toilets used by members of Britain’s House of Lords is about 100,000 pounds or $152, 000, according to a tender notice posted on a government website.

The notice says the run-down lavatories present a "poor image" of the building and do not comply with disability access legislation.

The lavatories are in Parliament buildings that are historic landmarks, and all work has to meet English Heritage requirements, which can be costly.

Matthew Sinclair of lobby group the Taxpayers' Alliance said Sunday it was "an eye-watering sum of taxpayers' money to fork out on allowing House of Lords' VIPs to spend a penny," British slang for going to the bathroom.

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