Parliamentary expenses 2015-2016

Expenses for 2015-2016

 

Before I was elected I committed to publishing my expenses in full.  MPs’ expenses are designed to fund the varied work we do in order to serve our constituents - from office costs to staff salaries and helping to cover the costs of living in two separate places.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority routinely publish expenses but the data relates only to claims processed during the timeframe and not expenses incurred.  Some information is also only published annually so in the interest of full transparency and disclosure I am providing a full account of all expenses from May 2015. 

This information is correct at the time published and all expenses have been incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of my Parliamentary duties.

 

Travel Costs:

I travel between the constituency, where I live, and the House of Commons. I am required to be in the House of Commons several days each week whilst Parliament is sitting to participate in debates, votes and represent my constituents.  I always travel Standard Class and endeavour to buy tickets as cheaply and as far-in-advance as possible (the cost of a standard single ticket is £89.50). I do not claim for taxis or travel within London or Sheffield. 

Total amount for May 2015: £153.00
Total amount for June: £524.80
Total amount for July:  £203.50
Total amount for August: £0.00
Total amount for September: £135.00

Total amount for October £227.00

Total amount for November £301.64

Total amount for December £206.00

Total amount for January 2016 £598.50

Total amount for February £345.00

Total amount for March 2016 £137.50

Total cost for financial year 2015 – 2016 £2831.94 (plus £104.84 staff travel for training)

 

Office costs:

Parliament covers the cost of running my constituency office, which includes equipment, staffing, rent, business rates etc.  Having my office on Chesterfield Road, is extremely important to enable constituents to approach me for help, advice or assistance.  My office is staffed and open five days a week.  

In May, June and July the office was still being paid for by the local Labour Party as it had been previously used as a campaign office so no rent or bills were claimed for.

Total amount for May: £0

Total amount for June: £456.65 (breakdown below)

£14.86

Cleaning products

£144.69

Stationery

£35

Registration with Information Commissioners Office, requirement as a data controller

£228.11

Ink cartridges

£33.99

Advertising (pop-up banner for use at outreach surgeries and events)

 

Total amount for July 2015: £444.89 (breakdown below)

£43.09

Newspapers/Journals  (newspaper subscription)

£133.04

Stationery Purchase 

£184.76

Ink cartridges

£12

House of Commons recording

£72

Other  (amendment of signage at constituency office)

           

Total amount for August 2015: £1717.37 (breakdown below)

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£240

Royal Mail re-direction from temporary office

£65.72

Stationery purchase

£42.52

Office supplies (including padlock, extension cable, key cutting)

£11.93

Cleaning products

£657.20

Liability insurance

  

Total amount for September 2015: £37.13 (breakdown below)

£22.18

Water rates

£4.96

Cleaning products

£9.99

Computer equipment

 

Total amount for October 2015: £2465.13 (breakdown below)

£1400

Rent for September and October

£338.14

Business rates

£6.78

Cleaning products

£39.20

Stationery purchase

£72.92

Constituency office electricity

£189.73

Waste disposal (for period from July)

£350.00

Computer for the constituency office

£68.36

Contact cards

 

Total amount for November 2015: £1453.30 (breakdown below)

£1400

Rent for November and December

£9.24

Cleaning products

£44.06

Waste disposal

 

Total amount for December 2015: £7.46 (breakdown below)

£7.46

Cleaning products

 

Total amount for January 2016: £1689.94 (breakdown below)

£23.89

Constituency office water

£224.12

Constituency office gas

£87.98

Waste disposal – November and December

£166.80

Constituency office electricity

£270.93

Constituency office telephone and broadband – period August to January

£5.95

Cleaning products

£127.43

Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)

£82.84

Office stationery and equipment, including fire alarm, fire safety notices

£700.00

Constituency office rent

 

Total amount for February 2016: £1298.20 (breakdown below)

£66.95

Star and Sheffield Telegraph newspapers for constituency office – October to January

£40.46

Constituency office water

£27.00

Venue hire – for public bus meeting held with First

£13.08

Cleaning products

£96.00

Website maintenance

159.07

Sanitary Hygiene bin for the constituency office – 1 year maintenance

£38.03

Constituency office gas

£99.78

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£5.99

Website hosting for 1 year

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£51.84

Stationery purchase

 

Total amount for March 2016: £1347.05 (breakdown below)

£564.67

Business rates

£2.99

Cleaning products

£46.41

Newspapers – Sheffield Star – subscription March - June

£125.37

Constituency office electricity

£150.00

Employer contribution fee to Sheffield College – payable as employing apprentice age 19+

£76.08

Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)

£111.06

Waste disposal – January, February

£239.73

Constituency office rent – proportionate for the financial year (total monthly cost £700)

£30.74

Stationery

 

Total cost for year 2015-2016 £10,917.12

 

 

 

Start-up budget:          

Members of Parliament elected in May 2015, as I was, were provided with a start-up budget for the 2015-2016 financial year. The budget was provided in order to buy essential items to equip an office – for example, furniture, additional computers, printers etc.  These are one-off items, not ongoing costs.

Total cost in May: £0
Total cost in June: £0
Total cost in July: £0
Total cost in August: £0
Total cost in September: £2156.66 - including: legal fees for the drawing up of the lease to the permanent office, signage, telephones for the office and a desktop computer.

Total cost in October: £2013.85 – including cost of printer, network and cabling for the constituency office

Total cost in November: £0

Total cost in December £0

Total cost in January 2016: £777.68 – cost of an additional computer for the constituency office

Total cost in February: £197.87 – cost of office equipment, including shredder, for the constituency office

Total cost in March £0

The start-up budget closed in March 2016. Total cost £5,146.06

 

 

Staffing costs:

Parliament cover the cost of staff, both in the London office and in the constituency office – the below amount includes their wages, plus National Insurance contributions and pension contributions. Across the two offices, I have three full-time members of staff and three part-time members of staff, including a Living Wage apprentice, employed through Sheffield College. 

My staff assist me in carrying out my Parliamentary duties and being able to effectively represent my constituents in Westminster. It is important to me, and my responsibility as your MP, to be able to take up the issues that matter most to local residents – and the staff in both of my offices assist me in doing this.  My staff are on hand to offer help, advice and assistance to constituents.    You can read more about my constituency team here

Total cost for May: £3976.22
Total cost for June:  £6932.32 
Total cost for July: £9731.14
Total cost for August: £10,897.47
Total cost for September: £8,180.66

Total cost for October £8,180.66

Total cost for November £13,701.98

Total cost for December £8882.20

Total cost for January 2016 £8971.33

Total cost for February £14,069.61

Total cost for March £13,065.70

Total cost for year 2015 – 2016 £106,589.29

 

It is sometimes necessary for staff to travel to the House of Commons to work, and to undertake relevant training not held in Sheffield – so that they are best able to help constituents who contact the office. Below is a list of staff travel, undertaken in the fulfilment of their duties:

Staff travel:
May - £0
June - £0
July - £0
August - £21.10 (travel from the constituency office to a training event)
September - £0

October - £83.74 (travel from the constituency office to a training event)

November - £0

December - £0

January 2016 - £0

February - £0

March - £0

 

Accommodation and associated costs:

As I had been recently elected, I stayed with friends in London when I was required to be in the House of Commons. As a result, I did not claim for any amount for the duration of May – or until the end of June - for my accommodation in London. 

However, as my role requires me to be in Westminster for part of the week, I now rent a room in a shared-house in London and will be claiming for essentials – including rent, Council Tax, gas and electricity.  I do not claim for non-essentials, such as internet, television licence, food, phone bills or travel around London.  I do not claim anything for my home in Sheffield.

Total cost for May £0
Total cost for June £1343.33
Total cost for July: £0
Total cost for August: £2708 (payments for both July and August paid this month)
Total cost for September: £1354.00

Total cost for October £1354.00

Total cost for November £1458.82

Total cost for December £1492.00

Total cost for January 2016 £1492.00

Total cost for February £1492.00

Total cost for March £245.58 (proportionate to financial year)

Total cost for financial year 2015-2016 £12,939.73

 

Miscellaneous costs:

MPs can cover legitimate expenses which do not fall under other scheme budgets - but which are incurred wholly and necessarily in the performance of their Parliamentary duties.   I claimed £108 in August 2015 to cover the costs of removal of furniture – from the temporary to my permanent constituency office of 63 Chesterfield Road.

 

Computer equipment on loan from Parliament:

Members of Parliament are provided with a fixed budget for computer equipment provided by Parliament – which is provided on loan, solely for the duration of their term as an MP.  The standard allowance covers the loan of some computers for both the constituency and my office in Westminster. The equipment is used by myself and staff, solely for the purposes of carrying out Parliamentary duties.