Pay & Expenses
The MPs’ expenses scandal of 2009 rightly shocked people and undermined the public’s faith in politicians. In the wake of the scandal, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) was established to set and scrutinise MPs’ pay and expenses. MPs expenses are published regularly by IPSA here.
Office Costs Expenditure
London MPs are able to claim £26,050 per annum (plus a one off £6,000 start up costs for new MPs) to meet the costs of renting and running their constituency office and surgeries and equipping their Westminster and constituency offices. IPSA’s rules on office costs expenditure can be found here.
I claim for things such as the rent and rates on my Surbiton office at 255 Ewell Road (which I rent commercially rather from my local Association), phone bills and stationery.
Each month I publish a table of claims I have made under the Office Costs Expenditure budget so that voters can see what I have been claiming for. You can view the tables here .
London MPs have an annual staffing budget of £147,000 to include staff pay, National Insurance and employer’s pension contributions. My team assist with the very high volume of casework I deal with (Kingston & Surbiton is in the top 5% of constituencies by number of residents). Staff are paid directly by IPSA and my claims under the staffing budget are published by IPSA here.
London MPs are entitled to claim for the cost of travel from their constituency office to Westminster, travel within the constituency and, when the House sits late, for a taxi (after 11pm) or a hotel (after 1am). I make no such claims and meet these costs myself.
MPs are also entitled to claim for travel within the UK and abroad on Parliamentary business.
London MPs are rightly not entitled to claim for living accommodation or expenses and I therefore have no such expenses claims at all.
MPs are paid £74,962. The 119 London area MPs are paid an additional £3,760 to help cover the additional cost of living and travelling in London. MPs’ pay is increased by the average public sector pay increase each year. MPs’ pay is set by IPSA and explained here.