Parliamentary Expenses

Expenses up to November 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 to September 2016.   The below are my expenses for the current financial year. You can find a full breakdown of 2015-2016 expenses here.

This information is correct at the time published (10/01/2017) 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 April 2016 £522.00

Total amount for May £395.90

Total amount for June £529.00

Total amount for July £313.00

Total amount for August £0

Total amount for September £360.50

 

Please note: the figures are not yet available from October onwards – and the above figures are subject to slight change, as and when information is provided by Chambers Travel to IPSA.                                      

 

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.  

Total amount for April 2016 £1,837.10 (breakdown below)

£250.35

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£304.93

Constituency office gas

£1160.27

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

£39.98

Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)

£10.79

Stationery purchase

£70.78

One-off purchase of computer equipment

 

Total amount for May 2016 £1350.36 (breakdown below)

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£178.33

Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)

£279.38

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£13.32

Cleaning products

£35.00

Registration with Information Commissioners Office, requirement as a data controller

£131.13

Stationery purchase

£13.20

Computer purchase – flash drive

 

Total amount for June 2016 £1256.73  (breakdown below)

£11.94

Cleaning products

£34.47

Office equipment – (including secure letter cage for letterbox)

£109.86

Constituency office gas

£183.31

Constituency office electricity

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£50.18

Stationery purchase – including HSE poster

£166.97

Newspapers – Star and Sheffield Telegraph subscriptions (S.T from January, Star from June)

 

Total amount for July 2016 £1200.10 (breakdown below)

£168.62

Waste Disposal – March, April, May and June 2016

£65.47

Stationery Purchase inc. CCTV information signs, Data Protection etc.

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£175.18

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£83.50

Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)

£7.33

Cleaning products

 

Total amount for August 2016 £1009.53  (breakdown below)

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£167.59

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£128.35

Stationery purchase

£3.19

Cleaning products

£10.40

Newspaper subscription

 

Total amount for September 2016 £1636.61 (breakdown below)

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£115.53

Constituency office gas

£202.62

Constituency office electricity

£188.70

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£3.19

Cleaning products

£42.79

Contact cards – to be using during Consultation Week

£46.41

Newspaper subscription – Sheffield Star – September – December

£170.55

Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)

£93.44

Waste disposal (July and August)

£73.38

Stationery purchase

 

Total amount for October 2016 £1533.73 (breakdown below)

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£199.90

Constituency office telephone and broadband

£530.82

Constituency office buildings insurance – August 2015 to March 2017

£10.93

Cleaning products

£52.15

Stationery purchase

£39.93

Constituency office water/sewage rates

 

Total amount for November 2016 £1551.76 (breakdown below)

£700.00

Constituency office rent

£822.00

Training for three members of staff

£29.76

Stationary purchase

 

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 April 2016 £10,436.46

Total cost for May £10,840.17

Total cost for June £9,738.47

Total cost for July £13,838.88

Total cost for August £10,247.90

Total cost for September £11,630.11

Total cost for October £12,812.54

Total cost for November £11,665.42

 

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:
April 2016 - £0

May - £60.05 (travel from the constituency office to a training event)

June - £0

July £196.20 – (travel from the constituency office to several training events in London and Leeds)

 August - £0

September - £0

October - £0

November - £0

 

Accommodation and associated costs:

As my role requires me to be in Westminster for part of the week, I rent a room in a shared-house in London and claim 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 April £2644.05 (proportionate to financial year)

Total cost for May £1354.00

Total cost for June £1587.86

Total cost for July £1379.33

Total cost for August £1519.33

Total cost for September £1591.33

Total cost for October £1449.33

Total cost for November £1543.99

 

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.