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 a specific timeframe and not expenses incurred to date.  In the interest of full transparency and disclosure I am providing a full account of all expenses.   The below are my expenses for the current financial year (2018-19) thus far.

You can find a full breakdown of:

2015-2016 expenses here

2016-2017 expenses here

2017 – 2018 expenses here

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 while Parliament is sitting to participate in debates, votes and represent my constituents.  I always endeavour to travel Standard Class and to buy tickets as cheaply and as far in advance as possible (the cost of a standard single ticket is £97.50). I do not claim for taxis or travel within London or Sheffield.

 

Please note: the figures are awaiting details from IPSA –  and are subject to slight change, as and when information is provided by Chambers Travel to IPSA, and as such are not currently up to date.

 

Total amount for April 2018 £338.50

Total amount for May £0

Total amount for June £0

Total amount for July – £0

Total amount for September – £0

Total amount for October £43.98, relating to Shadow Ministerial travel as Shadow Minister for Policing and Crime

 

 

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 advice or assistance.  My office is staffed and open five days a week.

 

Total amount for April 2018 £2829.43 (breakdown below)

£1160.27 Constituency office rent (proportionate to financial year, usually £700 per month)
£ 408.65 Constituency office telephone and broadband – March and April
£105.75 Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges) (Jan, Fed, March)
£99.45 Waste disposal
£49.73 Newspaper subscription – Sheffield Star (April onwards)
£11.51 Constituency office cleaning products
£30.00 Recycling services and collection
£52.80 Purchase of ramp for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc. for constituency office
£500.00 Casework management software – annual renewal
£327.63 Computer hardware purchase for Parliamentary office
£83.64 Stationary purchase

 

Total amount for May 2018 £1269.57 (breakdown below)

£700.00 Constituency office rent
£490.00 Royal Mail – Annual renewal, redirection of mail via secure screening service
£49.80 Waste disposal
£17.44 Stationary
£12.33 Constituency office cleaning products

 

Total amount for June 2018 £ (breakdown below)

£700.00 Constituency office rent
£224.00 Constituency office telephone and broadband
£ 54.13 Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)
£ 99.92 Waste disposal
£40.00 Registration with Information Commissioners Office, requirement as a data controller
£4.68 Constituency office cleaning products
£51.71 Newspaper subscription – Sheffield Star (July onwards)
£57.46 Newspaper subscription – Sheffield Telegraph (July onwards – annual renewal)
£187.88 Constituency office gas
£212.62 Constituency office electricity

 

Total amount for July 2018 £1192.75 (breakdown below)

£700.00 Constituency office rent
£415.76 Constituency office telephone and broadband – June and July
£72.00 Recycling services and collection, confidential waste collection
£4.99 Constituency office cleaning products

 

Total amount for August 2018 £810.00 (breakdown below)

£700.00 Constituency office rent
£45.37 Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)
£50.77 Stationary
£13.86 Constituency office cleaning products

 

 

Total amount for September 2018 ££1,689.07 (breakdown below)

£700.00 Constituency office rent
£216.02 Constituency office telephone and broadband – August
£119.48 Waste disposal for July and August
£152.25 Stationary
£22.34 Constituency office cleaning products
£55.60 Constituency office water
£30.00 Venue hire for public meeting regarding crime
£51.71 Newspaper subscription – Sheffield Star (October onwards)
£114.84 Constituency office gas
£207.84 Constituency office electricity
£18.99 Purchase of training manual – Universal Credit, to assist with casework enquiries

 

Total amount for October 2018 £3131.53 (breakdown below)

£700.00 Constituency office rent
£186.00 Constituency office rent following renegotiation of rent
£437.83 Constituency office telephone and broadband – September and October
£73.08 Printer costs (in lieu of ink cartridges)
£49.80 Waste disposal
£69.47 Stationary
£15.35 Constituency office cleaning products
£1000.00 Consultancy – additional researcher
£600.00 Legal fees – renewal of constituency office lease

 

 

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 – who in Autumn 2017 become a permanent member of staff.

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 advice and assistance to constituents.    You can read more about my constituency team here.

Total cost for April 2018 £12,022.23

Total cost for May £12,522.24

Total cost for June £12,569.60

Total cost for July £12,538.03

Total cost for August £12,038.03

Total cost for September £12,538.93

Total cost for October £12,551.37

 

It is sometimes necessary for staff to travel to the House of Commons to work, and to undertake relevant travel, and travel to 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 and associated costs, undertaken in the fulfilment of their duties:

Staff travel:
April 2018 – £272.08 (training)

May 2018 – £51.39

June 2018 – £15.12

July 2018 – £30.74

August 2018 – £30.73

September 2018 – £65.39

October 2018 – £

 

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 2018 £1949.34 (proportionate to financial year)

Total cost for May £1363.44

Total cost for June £1363.44

Total cost for July £1363.44

Total cost for August £1363.44

Total cost for September £1590.12

Total cost for October £1363.44

 

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.

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