DEVIZES MP Claire Perry has admitted to claiming nearly £10,000 in expenses for her three children in addition to her standard allowance and salary of £111,148.

The Telegraph reported that the energy minister is one of a number of MPs who are getting extra payments.

Ms Perry, who has children aged 17, 19 and 22, says all her claims were compliant with expenses watchdog the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Although the age limit for claiming for children is 18, it goes up to 21 under certain circumstances including for children in full-time education who need care.

MPs are entitled to up to £5,400 per child as a second home expense under guidelines designed to help MPs with families rent larger homes. But many are topping up their £22,760 standard rental allowance by claiming for children in their 20s.

Energy Minister Claire Perry is said to have claimed £9,846

The Telegraph identified five other MPs who were also reportedly claiming allowances for adult children, two of whom have since agreed to return the money.