Before I was elected I committed to publishing my expenses in full. MPs’ expenses are designed to fund the varied work we do to serve our constituents – from office costs to staff salaries and helping to cover the costs of living in two separate places.
You can view a full up-to-date breakdown of all my expenses since I became an MP in 2015 on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (IPSA’s) website.
This information is periodically updated by IPSA following their independent verification and scrutiny.
IPSA provided me the following budget for 2019/2020:
STAFF BUDGET – £177,550
The staffing budget is largely made up of payroll costs, which are paid directly to the staff I employ to assist me in carrying out my duties in Westminster and Sheffield. The budget covers all payroll costs (salaries, employers’ national insurance contributions and pension contributions).
Staffing costs account for approximately three quarters of the total spend by an MP on average.
My staff help me to carry out my Parliamentary duties in Westminster and are on hand to offer advice and assistance to constituents in Sheffield. It is important that, as your MP, I take up the issues that matter most to local residents and the staff in both of my offices assist me in doing this.
OFFICE BUDGET – £15,299.86
Parliament covers the cost of running my constituency office, which includes equipment, 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.
LONDON BUDGET – £14,692.33
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.
SHEFFIELD BUDGET – £0
I use my salary as an MP to pay for all of my living costs at my home in Sheffield.
MY TRAVEL BUDGET – £6,810.20
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.
STAFF TRAVEL BUDGET – £675.75
It is sometimes necessary for staff to travel across the country for work and for training so that they are best able to help constituents who contact the office.
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.