|How much did you cost the taxpayer last year?
26 Oct 2007
The figures for last year (06/07) were as follows, with 05/06 in brackets.
Parliamentary salary £73226 (£68467)
MP's Salaries were £59,686 on April 1st 2006, and went up to £60,277 on November 1st 2006. (They went up to £60,675 on April 1st 2007, an increase of .66%)
In addition, Select Committee Chairmen get £13,239 (up to £13,326 on April 1st 2007)
The increase of 6.9% between the two years is because the Select Committee Chairmen's salary was only paid from July 13th 2005 (because of the election), whereas it was paid for all of last year. The year-on-year increase in my salary for the year that has ended on March 31st 2007 was 2%.
The Incidental Expenses Provision (IEP) was £16270 (£10386)*. The largest item was my subscription of £3877 to the Parliamentary Resources Unit.After that, major items were rent for my constituency office in Andover - £3475 - followed by purchase of IT equipment £2422, costs relating to Advice Bureaus £1130, and telecommunication costs of £2254. Overprinting of Stationery was £388 and Printer cartridges £431.
Receipts for every item have been supplied to the Department of Finance and Administration.
Maximum claimable for 2006/7 £20,440.
The Additional Costs Allowance (ACA) was £22,110 (£20,442) My main home is in the constituency and this relates to the costs of my flat in Regency Street in London. (The expenditure incurred was higher, but the ACA is capped at £22,110.) The three largest items of expenditure, totalling £20936, were mortgage interest (£17147), service charges (£3062) and council tax (£1098). Electricity costs were £626, Telephone £372, Contents Insurance £68 and Food £165.
Receipts for every item have been supplied to the Department of Finance and Administration, with the exception of food and cleaning.
Staff Salaries including tax and national insurance were £77595. (£82922)* This covers one full time member of staff in the House of Commons - my daughter Camilla - and three part-time Members of Staff in the constituency. It also includes holiday cover. Salaries are paid direct to staff by the Directorate of Finance, with whom approved employment contracts are lodged.
My car travel costs were £3060 (£3773) and rail travel was £1585 (£1035). I did not travel by air or to Europe using Parliamentary allowances.
Every car journey was itemised to the Department of Finance and Administration.
My stationery costs were £944 (£727) with postage costs of £3862 (£3824)
My total cost, as it appears in the press, was £126458. The average for all MP's was £135773. I was 503rd out of 645.
To see previous years' claims, and how they relate to the average claim for all MP's see http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/george_young/north_west_hampshire#expenses
In the current year (07/08), Parliament voted to introduce a new Communications Allowance of £10,000 pa. I spoke and voted against this and do not propose to claim it. However, some expenditure previously claimed against IEP will in future have to be claimed against the Communications Allowance, so some expenditure will be scored against it.
*These figures are not comparable. In 05/06 the PRU subscription was scored against Staff Salaries, whereas in 06/07 it was scored against IEP.