Jacqui SmithÂ denies any wrongdoing regarding her alleged abuse of MPs' second home allowances.
The Home Secretary faces an investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, John Lyon, in to claimsÂ she uses herÂ sister's London home as a main residence, despite reports Ms Smith spendsÂ as little as two nights a week there.Â
Ms Smith's mainÂ constituency residence is in Redditch, Worcestershire, whereÂ she hasÂ reportedly illegally gained Â£116,000 in second home expenses on the property.
However, neighbours of Ms Smith's London home say she spends on average as little as 'two to three nights a week' at the house.
But sources close to Ms Smith says she spends the majority of her time in London.
Ms Smith consistentlyÂ affirms she has done nothing wrong and according to the BBC NewsÂ website, 'gained written approval from the Commons fees office for her arrangements.'
Despite supposed written approval, the investigation in to Ms Smith's allowances continues a recent furore over MPs expenses rows, at a time when the UK is in its worst recession since the 1930s amidst the 'Great Depression'.
Ms Smith told the Andrew Marr show: "I haven't tried to maximise any money I've made or abuse the system.
"I think I've done the right thing as the job of the home secretary."
Ms SmithÂ maintains she is receiving fewer expenses than last year amidst recent controversy where Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Yvette Cooper, were found to beÂ reportedlyÂ claimingÂ Tax Free Members Allowance expenditure of over Â£100,000Â in 2006-7.
The Home Secretary added: "I am taking less expenses than last year and I'm trying to do the right thing for the taxpayer at a difficult time.
"It is of course important that MPs are clearly open, but I don't think most MPs in the UK are 'on the make'."
Whilst Ms Smith faces the investigation into her allowances, sheÂ will also tackleÂ questions in to how the government will controlÂ the number of foreign migrantÂ workers arriving in the UK.
According to 2008 figures obtained by the Guardian.co.uk, migration to the UK has added 1.5 million people toÂ Britain since 1998 and if the current population increase persists, experts predict the UK's total population could reach 70m by 2031.
Ms Smith's strategies to curb an influx of foreign migrants include a more selective policy in to who enters the country regarding education and skill of candidates, whilst not discriminating against individuals.
"We will look to control migration in to the country, where we will look at a points based system," said Ms Smith.
"It shouldn't be allowed for a foreign worker to take a job in the UK without consulting with Jobcentre Plus first, rather than receiving a job by other means. While the government doesn't base its policy on prejudice, we must must pick those that really are the most skilled."